Federal Civil Rights Offices
A number of federal agencies and offices work to protect the civil rights of individuals in a broad range of areas. These offices are often charged with investigating and prosecuting civil rights violations and instances of discrimination. Explore the links below to learn more about the work of each agency, your civil rights under federal law, and how to file a complaint.
- U.S. Department of Justice Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Home Page - The Justice Department division that handles cases of disability discrimination.
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Civil Rights Office - The FAA's Civil Rights Office advises, represents, and assists the FAA Administrator on civil rights and equal opportunity matters.
- U.S. Commission on Civil Rights - The commission was created to help foster the development of national civil rights policy and aid in the enforcement of federal civil rights laws.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture, Civil Rights Office - The office enforces the civil rights of all USDA customers and employees.
- U.S. Department of Education (DOE), Office for Civil Rights - The office helps resolve complaints of discrimination in education.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights - The OCR helps to protect individuals from discrimination in certain health care and social service programs.
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Fair Housing Civil Rights - The office enforces federal laws ensuring all people have equal access to housing.
- U.S. Department of the Interior, Office for Equal Opportunity - The office handles all civil rights, equal opportunity programs, and affirmative employment functions in the Department of the Interior.
- U.S. Department of Labor, Civil Rights Enforcement for Department of Labor Grant Recipients - Enforces federal fair labor laws and fights discrimination in the workplace.
- U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Civil Rights Office - The office enforces laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination in transportation.
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) - The commission enforces federal laws making it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or employee.