File a Discrimination or Civil Hate Crime Complaint


File a discrimination or hate crime complaint

To help eliminate unlawful discrimination in Louisville Metro, our office investigates complaints of unfair treatment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, disability, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity through enforcement of employment, housing, public accommodation, and bias-related crime laws.

If you believe that you've been discriminated against, or that you're the victim of a hate crime, you may complete our general form below and send it in to the Human Relations Commission.

We'll contact you as soon as we've received it, or please feel free to call us at (502) 574-3631 or visit our offices during standard operating hours.


Click here to complete an initial discrimination/hate crime complaint form


Please note: completion of the form is not a formalized discrimination complaint.  We'll assist you with the formal complaint filing process upon its receipt.  Any member of the general public submitting a pre-signed complaint for processing must still undergo review and approval by our agency.


Laws We Enforce

For Housing, Employment, and Public Accommodations

Persons are protected under local ordinance, and substantially-equivalent federal law, where applicable, because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age (40 & older, employment only), familial status (housing only), disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Click here for our fair housing brochures!


For Bias-Related Crimes (Hate Crimes)

Persons are protected under local ordinance, in tandem with the federal Hate Crimes Statistics Act, because of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability or health related condition, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

See Louisville Metro Amended Ordinance No. 193, Series 2004 (pdf) (a/k/a Chapter 92 of the Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances)


Human Relations Commission complaint investigation process (pdf)


Conciliation (negotiated settlement)

Complainants and Respondents in a discrimination or bias-related crime complaint can also engage in conciliation negotiations to resolve a complaint voluntarily without legal determinations on the merits of complaints.  Such resolutions can be agreed to in a formal, written conciliation agreement (pdf).


Mayor Greg Fischer names liaison to LGBT Community

Sherri Toohey-Taylor, Director of Louisville Metro HR and Mayor's LGBT Community Liaison

Questions or concerns, contact Sherri Toohey-Taylor at 502-574-3045