THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS & OPPORTUNITIES AND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Until further notice, all in person meetings and hearings with the CHRO and the Office of Public Hearings are being cancelled. Mediations or fact-finding conferences may take place over the phone or via video conferencing where possible. If you have an in-person meeting scheduled with the Commission, please contact the assigned agency staff member regarding its status. Contact via email is preferred. If you are unsure who the assigned staff member is, please contact the CHRO unit the matter was filed with.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST:
If you have any questions about filing a discrimination complaint or about a particular situation related to the virus, you can submit your questions to CHRO.Questions@ct.gov. Inquires can also be left by phone at (860) 541-3428. If you believe you have been discriminated against in connection with the covid-19 virus on the basis of a protected class status, please contact the regional office covering the area where the discrimination has occurred. This information can be found on our contact us page. Additional information can be found in the following materials:
- CHRO Complaint Process Brochure
- Disability Discrimination Brochure
- Housing Discrimination Brochure
- Fair Housing and the Pandemic Brochure
If you believe you have been discriminated against in housing on the basis of Covid-19, contact the CHRO to learn about filing a housing discrimination complaint with the CHRO. To do so, you can email CHRO.Covid@ct.gov or you can call 860-541-3428.
The CHRO will be hosting a series of live webinars to provide information about discrimination as it relates to the pandemic. This will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions of CHRO staff and get immediate responses.
April 21, 2020
April 28, 2020
May 5, 2020
May 12, 2020
|August 20, 2020||Surviving the Pandemic: Employment, Unemployment, Wages and Tips|
|August 31, 2020||Housing and the Pandemic
| September 15, 2020
| September 30, 2020
Health Equity During the Pandemic
October 28, 2020
Unequal Treatment: Covid-19 and Race, Color, National Origin and Disability Discrimination
COVID-19 RELATED CHRO NOTICES
In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order No. 7F, in which he ordered that “any requirement for in-person meeting, hearing or screening is waived and meetings, hearings, or screenings may take place by any other method that allows for the participation of the interested parties;” Executive Order No. 7M, authorizing agency heads to “…extend, as they deem reasonably necessary to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic or its effects, any statutory or regulatory time requirements, decision-making requirements, hearings, or other time limitations or deadlines, procedure or legal process pertaining to maters under their respective jurisdiction….;” and Executive Order No.7H in which he ordered restrictions on the workplaces of non-essential businesses until at least April 22, 2020 the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities issues the following orders:
- Extension Requests
- Notarization and Signature Requirements
- Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Requirements
- Affirmative Action/Contract Compliance requirements
COVID-19 RELATED EXECUTIVE ORDERS FROM GOV. LAMONT
Governor Lamont has issued a number of executive orders related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The full list of these orders can be found here. The following orders are of particular importance for the concerns of the CHRO:
Executive Order 7X: Puts in place protections for renters and those in vulnerable housing circumstances.
Exeutive Order 7DDD: Agencies can provide 90-day extensions to October 1, 2020 deadlines if the request is received by September 9, 2020.
Executive Order 9A: Agencies can provide 90-day extensions to October 1, 2020 deadlines if the request is received by November 9, 2020
SERC Racial Equity and Education During Covid-19: Our Community Perspective
A series of facilitated online discussions about racial equity and education. More information is available through the link above.