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Discrimination is a common occurrence within the LGTBQIA2S+ community. Here is a guide on common scenarios and what to do if you, or a loved one is discriminated against. 

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Workplace Discrimination

Employment discrimination generally exists where an employer treats an applicant or employee less favorably merely because of a person’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.  It may also occur if an employer disciplines, terminates, or takes unfavorable actions against an employee or job applicant for discussing, disclosing or asking about pay.  Employment discrimination can be against a single person or a group.

You can file a complaint with OFCCP if you think you have been discriminated against in employment, or in applying for employment, because of your race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or for asking about, discussing, or disclosing your compensation or that of others.  You do not need to know with certainty that your employer is a federal contractor or subcontractor in order to file a complaint.   

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Housing Discrimination

The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance, or engaging in other housing-related activities. Additional protections apply to federally-assisted housing. 

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of:

National Origin
Sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation)
Familial Status

If you believe your rights may have been violated, we encourage you to report housing discrimination. Because there are time limits on when an allegation can be filed with HUD after an alleged violation, you should report housing discrimination as soon as possible. When reporting housing discrimination, please provide as much information as possible.

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School Discrimination

Educational institutions have a responsibility to protect every student's right to learn in a safe environment free from unlawful discrimination and to prevent unjust deprivations of that right. The Office for Civil Rights enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education. It is the mission of the Office for Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.

A complaint must ordinarily be filed within 180 days of the last act of discrimination. If your complaint involves matters that occurred longer ago than this and you are requesting a waiver, you will be asked to show good cause why you did not file your complaint within the 180-day period.

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Business Discrimination

The Consumer Protection Unit of the Attorney General's Office investigates unfair or deceptive business practices and files legal actions on behalf of the State of Alaska to stop such practices.

If you feel you have been the victim of an unfair or deceptive business practice, we encourage you to file a consumer complaint. They are often able resolve consumer disputes by notifying businesses of complaints and engaging in informal mediation. But the primary goal of the complaint process is to help identify business practices that may harm Alaskan consumers. 

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