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    Commission on Equal Opportunites

    FAQs

    Answers To The Most Often Asked Questions About The Commission

    WHAT IS THE COMMISSION?
    The Commission was created in 1964 officially by the Board of Aldermen following the passage of the City's Equal Opportunities Ordinance. The Commission is a municipal agency, which enforces civil rights laws.

    WHAT ARE THE CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS THE COMMISSION ENFORCES?
    The Commission enforces Fair Employment Practices, Fair Housing Practices, laws regarding credit discrimination, services to persons with AIDS, public accommodations, persons with disabilities, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, and contract compliance under the 1964 Equal Opportunities Ordinances, Chapter 12 _.

    WHAT IS THE FAIR EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES ORDINANCE?
    The law makes it illegal to discriminate against an employee or potential employee because of their race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ancestral origin, disability, or age (over 40). The law covers hiring, promotion, salary, terms and conditions, termination, pregnancy and sexual harassment. Companies with four (4) or more employees are covered.

    WHAT IS THE FAIR HOUSING PRACTICE ORDINANCE?
    The law makes it illegal to discriminate against a tenant or home seeker because of their race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ancestral origin, disability, or age (over 40). The law covers such issues as denial of rental or sale, terms, and conditions of tenancy and eviction. Most landlords, property managers and real estate agents/brokers are covered.

    WHAT IS THE CREDIT LAW?
    The law makes it illegal to deny credit or set different credit terms because of a person's race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ancestral origin, disability, or age (18+), marital status, or familial status.

    WHAT IS THE AIDS SERVICE LAW?
    The law makes it illegal to deny services to persons who are either HIV positive or who have AIDS. This law covers persons, agencies, organizations or corporation bodies and make it illegal for them to discriminate in housing, employment, credit, public accommodations, or delivery for services.

    WHAT IS THE PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS LAW?
    The law makes it illegal to discriminate against a person because of their race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ancestral origin, disability, or age (over 18). The laws covers places of public accommodations such as restaurants, theaters, public transportation, hotels, stores, banks, gyms, hospitals, or any other establishment open to the public. Accommodations that are distinctly private in nature are not covered by ordinance.

    WHAT IS THE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION LAW?
    The law covers persons with either physical or mental disabilities. This act covers issues of employment and services. The law makes it illegal to deny a qualified disabled person the benefits of employment or the benefits of any program, activity, or services by any person for entity regulated by or receiving financial assistance from the state or federal government.

    WHAT IS THE TIME IN WHICH TO FILE A COMPLAINT?
    A person who feels they have been discriminated against has 180 days from the date of the alleged incident to file a complaint with the City (CEO) or Connecticut Commission on Human Rights (CCHRO). The time period for filing with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) is 300 days.

    WILL A COMPLAINT BE FILED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT?
    Housing complaints will be dual filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

    WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A COMPLAINT IS FILED?
    Once a complaint is filed, an impartial investigation is commenced. The investigator gathers evidence to determine whether or not a violation of the law(s) has been committed. After the investigation is completed, the investigator make a probable cause or no probable cause finding based on evidence presented. If there is a cause finding attempts to settle through conciliation are made. If this fails, the case will go to a public hearing. If there is a no cause finding the case is dismissed.

    WHO ARE THE COMMISSIONERS?
    The Commission has nine (9) Commissioners who are appointed by the Mayor, and one (1) appointed by the Board of Aldermen. The Commissioners serve various terms of 1 year, 2 year, and 3 years terms, which are staggered.

    CAN A COMPLAINT GO TO COURT?
    A person can seek the right to sue in court.

    WHAT CAN THE COMMISSION DO IT THEY FIND DISCRIMINATION?
    The Commission has the authority to award damages to victims of discrimination. The award may vary based on each particular complaint. The Commission can award back pay or the next available job or apartment.

    DOES THE COMMISSION CHARGE FOR ITS SERVICES?
    There is no charge for service.

    HOW LONG DOES THE COMMISSION'S PROCESS TAKE?
    Complaints are investigated within one hundred (100) days of filing and final administrative disposition shall be made within one year of filing unless it is impossible to do so.

    WHAT IS CONTRACT COMPLIANCE?
    The City of New Haven and State of Connecticut spends more than one billion dollars each year to purchase supplies and public works contracting services. Those who contract with the city to provide these services have a special responsibility to assure that the employment and subcontracting procedures promote equal opportunity for all persons. Contract Compliance laws were enacted as a means of providing equal employment opportunities for minorities and female workers and economic development and business growth opportunities for small contractors and minority and women owned businesses through the distribution of city, state, and federal contracting dollars The Commission on Equal Opportunities has the responsibility to review, monitor and enforce the equal opportunity, affirmative action and contract compliance laws of the city, state and federal regulations as they apply to contractors, subcontractors, ad good and services vendor suppliers doing business with the city of New Haven.

    WHY DOES CEO CONDUCT PRE-AWARD CONFERENCES BEFORE CONTRACTORS BEGINS WORK?
    Pre-award conferences are held to ensure that all participants are apprised of their responsibilities and obligations regarding all applicable laws, rules, regulations and Ordinances contained in the contract documents. No project shall commence before a pre-award conference is held.

    WHAT DOES CEO CONDUCT SITE INSPECTIONS?
    Utilization Monitors conduct regular site inspections of construction activity in the City of New Haven to verify the accuracy of written reports and submitted certified payrolls. Utilization Monitors also observe the workforce to be certain that the contractor's are in compliance

    WHAT HAPPENS DURING A PAYROLL AUDIT?
    Internal audits is performed by the Grants Administrator/ Contract Coordinator. Contractors submit certified payrolls weekly and monthly to CEO. Each contractor provides payrolls for every construction site throughout the city. Once a certified payroll is submitted a CEO staff member examines the payroll for compliance with all Labor Laws and regulations

    WHAT IS CWI2?
    Construction Workforce Initiative 2 is the next generation of the public-private collaborative working to create employment opportunities for New Haven residents in the city's active construction industry. Its primary goal is to insure that a cadre of New Haven residents is identified and nurtured to successfully reap the benefits of the one billion in school construction wages offered by the City school construction program over the 10 years.

    Construction Workforce Initiative 2 builds from the relationships of the greater New Haven construction industry, the State of Connecticut Building Trades, the New Haven Board of Education, and the , under the leadership of the City of New Haven's Commission on Equal Opportunities.

    Mayor DeStefano directed staff to strengthen the “demand side” of the school construction jobs equation. With a one billion dollar ten-year school construction program, the Mayor wanted to insure that substantial numbers of the high-wage construction jobs were held my minorities, women, and New Haven residents.

    CWI-2 need to focus on careers rather than placements: The workforce development world often focuses on producing ‘placements' rather than long term economic improvement. INFORMATION HEREIN IS ONLY A SUMMARY OF FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COMMISSION. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL 946-8160 OR FAX 964-9164.

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    ņQUť ES LA COMISIÓN?
    La Comisión fue creada oficialmente en el 1965 por la Junta de Asambleistas Municipales mediante la Ordenanza de lgualdad de Oportunidades. La Comisión es una agencia municipal encargada de hacer valer las leyes sobre derechos civiles.

    ņCUALES LEYES DE DERECHOS CIVILES?
    La Comisión hace valer las leyes aplicables sobre prácticas de empleo, vivienda, discriminación sobre crédito, servicios a las personas con SIDA, vivienda pública, discriminación a personas inpedidas, hostigamiento sexual, orientación sexual, y cumplimiento de contrato bajo Ordenanza de lgualdad de Oportunidades de 1964, Capitulo 12 _.

    ņQUÉ ES LA LEY SOBRE PRACTICAS JUSTAS EN EL EMPLEO?
    Esta ley considera ilegal la discriminación contra un empleado o potencial empleado a base de su raza, color, sexo, orientación sexual, religión, origen, inpedimento o edad (sobre 40). La ley cubre, empleo, promoción, salario, terminos y condiciones, terminación de contratos, embarazo y hostigamiento sexual.

    CompaĖias con cuatro (4) ó mas empleados están cubiertas.

    ņQUÉ ES LA ORDENANZA SOBRE PRACTICAS JUSTAS EN VIVIENDA?
    Esta ley reconoce como ilegal el discriminar contra un inquilino o una persona buscando casa debido a su raza, color, sexo, orientacion sexual, religión, origen, impedimento o edad (sobre 40). La ley cubre asuntos tales como negación de renta o venta, terminos y condiciones como inquilino, y evicción. La mayoria de dueĖos de propiedad, Administrador y agentes o brokers de bienes raices estan cubiertos por la ley.

    ņQUÉ ES LA LEY SOBRE CRÉDITO?
    Esta ley considera ilegal de negar crédito o determinar términos de credito diferente por razón de raza, color, sexo, orientación sexual, religión, origen, inpedimento, edad (18+) status marital o familiar.

    ņQUÉ ES LA LEY DE ACOMODO PÚBLICO?
    Esta ley hace ilegal el discrimen contra una persona debido a su raza, color, sexo, orientación sexual, religión, origen, inpedimento, edad (sobre 18). Esta ley cubre lugares de acomodo público como restaurantes, teatros, transportación pública, hoteles, tiendas, gimnasios, hospitales, cualquier otro establecimiento abierto al pĚblico. Sitios que son distinguibles por su naturalcza privada no están cubiertos pro la ordenanza.

    ņQUE ES LA LEY SOBRE DISCRIMINACIÓN A IMPEDIDOS?
    Esta ley cúbre personas que padecen de impedimentos fisicos o mentales, El acta cubre asuntos de empleo y servicios. Esta ley considera ilegal negarle a una persona impedida pero cualificada los benelicios de un empleo o los beneficios de cualquier programa, actividad o servicio por una persona o entidad regulada por o recibiendo ayuda financiera por parte del Estado o el Gobierno Federal.

    ņCUANDO PUEDO SOMETER UNA QUERELLA?
    Una persona que siente que se ha discriminado en contra de ella tiene 180 dias desde el dia en que ocurrio el alegado incidente para someter una querella con la ciudad o la Comisión del Estado de Connecticut. El periodo de tiempo para someter la misma con la Comisión de lgualdad en el empleo (CIE) es trescientos (300) dias.

    ņLA QUERELLA SERÁ PRESENTADA CON EL GOBIERNO FEDERAL?
    Querellas con el Departmento de Vivienda Federal serán sometidas al misno tiempo.

    ņQUÉ SUCEDE LUEGO QUE LA QUERELLA ES SOMETIDA?
    Una vez la querella es sometida una investigación imparcial comienza. El investigador recoge evidencia para determinar si a ocurrido una violación de ley. Después que la investigación está completada, el investigador hace una determinación de causa probable basada en la evidencia presentada. Si se encuentra causa probable, se hace un intento de llegar a una acuerdo mediante conciliación. Si esto no resulta, el caso va a vista pública entonces. Si no hay causa el caso se elimina

    ņQUIENES SON LOS COMISIONADOS?
    La Comision cuenta con ocho (8) Comisionados que son nombrados por el Alcalde, y uno (1) nombrado por la Asamblea Municipal. Los Comisionados sirven terminos de l, 2 y 3 aflos que no son consecutivos.

    ņPUEDE UNA QUERELLA LLEGAR A LA CORTE?
    Una persona siempre tiene el derecho de presentar un caso en los tribunales.

    ņQUÉ PUEDE HACER LA COMISIÓN SI ENCUENTRAN DISCRIMINACIÓN?
    La Comisión tiene la autoridad para otorgar compensación por dafios a victimas de discriminación. El tamaflo de la compensación varia de acurerdo a cada caso en particular. La Comisión puede ordenar el pago de salarios retroactivo; compensación por dolor y humillación, el proximo trabajo o posición disponible o apartamento, pago de abogado que sean razonables y penalidades civiles.

    ņLA COMISIÓN COBRA POR SUS SERVICIOS?
    No hay cargos por servicio.

    ņCUANTO SE TARDAN LOS PROCESOS DE LA COMISIÓN?
    Todas las querellas son investigadas dentro de los primeros cien (100) dias en que las mismas son sometidas y una disposición administrativa se debe hacer dentro del término de un aĖo a menos que sea imposible asi hacerlo.

    LA INFORMACIÓN AQUI, CONTENIDA ES SOLO UN RESUMEN DE LAS FUNCIONES Y RESPONSABILIDADES DE LA COMISIÓN. PARA MAS INFORMACIÓN FAVOR DE LLAMAR A LOS TELÉFONOS 946-8160, 946-8663, 946-8165, 946-8163.

     

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