The EE/FHO is also empowered to take charges, under the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA). The EPA charges will be forwarded to EEOC for actual investigation and resolution.
Earned Sick Time
The City’s Earned Sick Time Ordinance takes effect in phases beginning Oct. 1, 2018. The ordinance aims to address the needs of workers in Austin for limited time off for health and safety needs. The intent of the ordinance is also to reduce employee turnover and unemployment, and to benefit the local economy.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the ADEA, the ADA, and the City's Employment Ordinance protect individuals from difference in treatment in their employment because of their race, color, sex, disability, age, religion and national origin. The Employment Ordinance also protects an individual from discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
The City’s Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance aims to reduce recidivism and unemployment and increase re-integration for qualified job applicants with criminal histories. The law places restrictions on certain private employers on when they can ask about a job applicant’s criminal history and how that information can be used.
The City's Housing Ordinance and the Fair Housing Act protect an individual in the area of housing (terms and conditions, rental, leasing, buying or selling) based on race, sex, religion, national origin, familial status, and physical or mental disability. The ordinance also protects an individual from discrimination based on age (18 years or older), status as a student, sexual orientation, gender identity and marital status.
The City's Public Accommodations Ordinance makes it unlawful for any place of business to deny access to goods and services to anyone because of that person's race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, physical or mental handicap, gender identity or sexual orientation. To file: (Form 283-PA)
The City's HIV/AIDS Ordinance was adopted in 1986 to protect individuals who are infected with the AIDS virus, HIV infected individuals, and people who associate with AIDS individuals from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. To file: (Form 283)
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, sex, age, disability or national origin in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. The City of Austin prohibits discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. EE/FHO receives and investigates complaints of discrimination under Title VI.
The Austin Human Rights Commission is responsible for securing for all individuals in the city freedom from discrimination because of race, color, disability, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or age.