Civil Rights Ordinance

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The purpose of the Orange County Civil Rights Ordinance is "to promote the equal treatment of all individuals; to prohibit discrimination in Orange County based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, familial status, and veteran status; to protect residents' lawful interests and their personal dignity so as to make available to the County their full productive and creative capacities, and to prevent public and domestic strife, crime, and unrest within Orange County."

It is the further purpose of this Ordinance to carry out in Orange County the policies provided for in various federal rules, regulations and laws prohibiting discrimination in, among other areas, housing and public accommodations.

If you believe you have experienced public accommodation or housing discrimination in Orange County, you can file a free, confidential complaint by calling the Orange County Department of Human Rights and Relations at 919-245-2487 or here.