Department of Human Relations

It is against the law to deny employment, housing, education, or public services and accommodation because of a person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability, or familial status. Since May 19, 1964, the Gary Human Relations Commission has been the local civil rights agency in Northwest Indiana. The anti-discrimination law is enforced by the Gary Human Relations Commission under the City of Gary Civil Rights Ordinance 6754, amended by Ordinance 8967 and 9269. The agency is also responsible for handling all ADA and Title VI complaints. Connect with us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

La Comisión de Relaciones Humanas de Gary protege contra la discriminación. Llame al 219-883-4151 o envíenos un correo electrónico para asistencia con el idioma.

In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), the City of Gary, Indiana, will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.

Employment: City of Gary, Indiana, does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under Title I of the ADA.

Effective Communication: City of Gary, Indiana, will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in City of Gary, Indiana, programs, services, and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments.

Modifications to Policies and Procedures: City of Gary, Indiana, will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services, and activities. For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in City of Gary, Indiana, offices, even where pets are generally prohibited.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of the City of Gary, Indiana, should contact the office of the ADA Coordinator, Haneefah Khaaliq at 219-883-4151, as soon as possible but no later than one week before the scheduled event.

The ADA does not require the City of Gary, Indiana, to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden. Complaints that a program, service, or activity of the City of Gary, Indiana, is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to the ADA Coordinator, Haneefah Khaaliq at 219-883-4151.

The City of Gary, Indiana, will not place a surcharge on a particular individual with a disability or any group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy, such as retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but are not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs.

Relay Indiana, a service of Indiana Telephone Relay Access Corporation (InTRAC), is a free service that provides full telecommunications accessibility to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired. Dial 711 or 800-743-3333.