What is Discrimination?
To establish a discrimination case with the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR), an individual must be able to show that:
- They were subjected to unequal treatment by a covered individual, business, or housing provider in the City of Lincoln.
- The different treatment was based on the individual's
- Sex / Gender
- Age (only in employment cases)
- National Origin or Ancestry
- Engaging in Protected Activity / Retaliation
- Marital Status
- Familial Status (only in housing cases)
- The different treatment occurred in one of three covered areas: Employment / Housing / Public Accommodation
- The individual who was treated differently acts within one (1) year of the date of the last alleged discriminatory action.
- The individual was treated differently because of their protected status, and not for other legitimate non-discriminatory reasons.
Please note that this is only a general statement of the legal standard for establishing discrimination. For example, additional and different legal standards apply to complaints of sexual harassment and failure to reasonably accommodate a disability. It is important to realize that not all unfavorable or unfair treatment is discrimination under the City of Lincoln ordinance. However, a individual who was treated unfairly may have other legal remedies, which can be pursued whether or not a complaint is filed with the LCHR.