This video was created in partnership with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to raise awareness of rights under the Missouri Human Rights Act among Missouri’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.
IMAGE: A man with a black jacket, red tie, and glasses on the left of the screen presents on fair housing. He is wearing a red button that has the word “DISCRIMINATION” with a strikethrough. A sign language interpreter is in the lower right of the screen interpreting the presentation. Captions are in a black frame at the bottom of the screen with white text.
TRANSCRIPT: The Missouri Commission on Human Rights is the agency that enforces the state’s anti-discrimination law, the Missouri Human Rights Act. In this session, I want to explain to you what is covered by the Act, with a focus on fair housing, the complaint, investigation, and litigation process, and what you can do if you believe you have been discriminated against. The Missouri Human Rights Act covers employment, housing, and places of public accommodations. It prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, age in employment only, and familial status only in housing, and that’s the status of having minor children. Complaints must be filed with the Commission within 180 days of the alleged discrimination. Housing discrimination complains can also be filed with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, and they can be filed with HUD for up to a year after the alleged discrimination. Employment discrimination complains can also be filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the EEOC, for up to 300 days after the alleged discrimination. The Missouri Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the sale and rental of housing, and in the finance of any housing. It covers all of the terms, the conditions, and privileges of sale, rental, or lending. Landlords, property managers, homeowners, real estate agents, and bankers and lenders are all covered by this law. The businesses and individuals involved can each be held liable if they break the law. The Act applies to all types of dwellings, that is apartments, houses, mobile homes, even land to be used in the construction of dwellings. Now, the Act also requires all multi-family dwellings built after March 1991 to be accessible to people using wheelchairs. The law lists specific accessibility criteria, and that covers both apartments and the common-use areas of apartment complexes. All housing entities covered by the fair housing sections of the Act must also provide reasonable accommodations for the disabilities of their tenants, or applicants for sale, rental, or lending. So, depending on the circumstances, reasonable accommodations could include modifying procedures, allowing the use of a service animal, or providing an interpreter. MCHR acts as a neutral fact-finder during the investigation. It may litigate cases where violations are found. Complainants also have the option of suing on their own in state court. Housing discrimination complaints may also be filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. To reach HUD directly to file a complaint, you can call 1-800-743-5323 or go to HUD’s website at www.hud.gov and click the heading that says “I want to file a discrimination complaint.” To contact the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, you can call 573-751-3325, or by TDD you can dial 800-735-2966, or RelayMO is 711. Thank you. Title: This presentation was created in partnership with the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations – Commission on Human Rights, the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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