Discrimination means treating someone differently because of a particular characteristic such as race, skin color, sex, age, disability, or religion. Federal laws prohibit discrimination in programs and services, and North Dakotans also have added protections because of the North Dakota Human Rights Act of 1983.
In North Dakota, people applying for or participating in programs and activities funded by the federal Department of Health and Human Services and the North Dakota Department of Human Services cannot be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, political affiliation, disability, or status with respect to marriage or public assistance.
This standard applies to programs and services that receive funding from the federal or state human services departments including the state's eight regional human service centers, the State Hospital, the Developmental Center, and county social services.
Anyone who believes he or she has been discriminated against by service providers covered under these provisions has 180 days to file a complaint after an alleged discriminatory act.
The complaint can be sent to:
Program Civil Rights Officer / Program ADA / 504 Coordinator
N.D. Department of Human Services
600 E Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0250
Phone: (701) 328-1816
Toll Free: (800) 755-2671
TTY: (701) 328-3480
firstname.lastname@example.org, or the
North Dakota Department of Labor
600 E Boulevard Avenue, Dept 406
Bismarck, ND 58505-0340
Phone: (701) 328-2660
Toll Free: (800) 582-8032
TTY: (701) 328-2660 or (800) 582-8032, or the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office for Civil Rights, Region VIII
Federal Office Building
1961 Stout Street
Denver, CO 80294
Phone: (303) 844-4774
Program Civil Rights Officer/Program ADA/504 Coordinator
The Department of Human Services' Civil Rights Officer works to prevent and eliminate discrimination against individuals in the delivery of programs and services administered and supervised by the Department and to make all programs and activities accessible to people with disabilities.
Customers or clients who need accommodations or who have questions or complaints related to discrimination and the delivery of human services should contact the Program Civil Rights Officer above.