LCHR is charged with the mission of investigating complaints of discrimination, striving to prevent all forms of illegal discrimination and to assure and foster equal opportunity for all citizens of Lincoln. The LCHR also provides community education and assistance in order for people to know and understand their rights and responsibilities under the law. The Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is no charge for our services. Initially, a staff person will speak with you about your situation. Keep in mind that we only handle discrimination due to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age (over 40), disability, marital status, familial status or retaliation, which has presumably occurred at your place of employment, in your housing, or in a public facility.
Who We Are
- Mindy Rush Chipman, Equity and Diversity Officer / Director
- Margie Nichols, Senior Civil Rights Investigator
- Michelle Ware, Senior Civil Rights Investigator
- Francisca Beltran, Community Outreach Coordinator
- Peg Dillon, Senior Office Assistant
- The administration of the Human Rights Division supports the enforcement of all provisions of Title 11 of the Lincoln Municipal Code. To receive, settle, conciliate, investigate, issue findings and hold public hearings on complaints alleging discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, familial status, age, ancestry, marital status, and retaliation. To perform functions and activities with community groups, businesses, schools, and governmental entities for the purpose of promoting understanding between races, cultures, and sexes, and to work to eliminate inequalities and sources of inter-racial friction.
- Review all City of Lincoln procurement bids and awards in excess of $10,000.
- Review DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprises) program of minority and women-owned businesses and maintain directory.
To eliminate and prevent all forms of illegal discrimination, to assure and foster equal opportunity for all citizens of the City, and to act in all matters within its jurisdiction.
- The City of Lincoln Commission on Human Rights continues to upgrade its complaint processing in order to protect an individual's state and federal rights.
- A complete review and implementation of changes in the Contract Compliance Program for the purpose of streamlining and effectuating its mandate.
- Obtained a Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) grant contract for all Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complaints.