The nine-member Commission on Human Rights acts as an advisory body to the Mayor, City Council, and Equal Opportunity Officer and shall be charged with the responsibility of eliminating and preventing discrimination in places of public accommodation, housing and employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, familial status, ancestry, age or marital status.

The purposes of the Commission are:

  • Review actions of the Equal Opportunity Officer whose responsibilities include:
    1. reviewing all City of Lincoln procurement bids and awards in excess of $10,000, and
    2. reviewing DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprises) program of minority and women-owned businesses and maintain directory;
  • Institute actions to educate the public as to unlawful discriminatory practices and the enforcement measures available for the prevention and punishment of such practices;
  • Enforcing provisions of Title 11 of the Lincoln Municipal Code;
  • Seeking to eliminate and prevent discrimination in places of public accommodation, housing, and employment;
  • Utilize conference, conciliation, and persuasion so that persons may be guaranteed their civil rights and goodwill may be fostered;
  • Formulate policies and make recommendations to agencies and officers of the city government;
  • Investigate and make determinations regarding discrimination complaints.
photograph of Lincoln Commission on Human Rights
Lincoln Commission on Human Rights
2018 Commissioner Board Members

Front Row, Left to Right: Melanie Ways, Micheal Q. Thompson (Chair) Amanda Baron (Vice-Chair), and Jaine Merliss. Back Row, Left to Right: Jonathan Rehm, Rachel Zeng, Sheri Blok, Susan Oldfield, and Carlos Garcia.

Committee Meeting Schedule & Policy on Public Comment

Commission meetings are generally held the last Thursday of every month in the conference room in the City Council Chambers at the new City County Building at 555 South 10th Street. Meetings convene at 4 p.m. and all meetings are open to the general public.

The Commission is subject to public meeting laws and provides times for public comment on its monthly agenda. Public comment guidelines are as follows:

  • At the end of each meeting, the public will have 5 minutes to speak on any issue or agenda item, with the exception of "case disposition."
  • The meeting agenda is available to the general public through the City Clerk's office, which posts announcements in the County-City Building, or requesting a copy from the Human Rights office prior to the monthly Commission meeting, generally held the last Thursday of each month. For more information, call 402-441-7624.

Interested in Serving LCHR?

Commissioners are appointed for a 3-year term, meet monthly and make the final determinations on the outcome of discrimination complaints.

If you are interested in serving as a Commissioner and would like more information, contact our office at 402-441-7624. You may also complete and submit an application.