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Department of Management Services

Florida Commission on Human Relations

What is the purpose of the commission?

The Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) was established in 1969 to enforce the Florida Civil Rights Act and address discrimination issues through education, outreach, and partnerships. The commission is responsible for promoting the fair treatment of all persons in Florida regardless of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, and familial or marital status.

What services does the commission provide?

The commission provides several services, including
The commission is committed to enforcing civil rights laws and Florida and federal fair housing laws. Under state law, the commission is also charged with administering the Civil Rights Hall of Fame, which honors individuals who were born in Florida or adopted the state as their home, and who have made a significant contribution toward Florida's progress and achievements in civil rights.  Each year, the commission accepts nominations and submits 10 finalists to the Governor, who may select up to three individuals to be inducted.

How is the commission organized?

The commission consists of 12 members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate for four-year terms; however, at the end of Fiscal Year 2019-20, the commission only listed 6 members.  Members of the commission must broadly represent various racial, religious, ethnic, social, economic, political, and professional groups within the state, with at least one member age 60 or older.

The commission appoints an executive director who, with its consent, may employ a deputy director, general counsel, investigators, clerks, and other personnel as necessary to adequately perform the functions of the commission within budgetary limitations.

Does the commission perform a quasi-judicial function?

Section 760.11(4), Florida Statutes, provides that when the commission determines reasonable cause that a discriminatory practice has occurred in violation of the Florida Civil Rights Act, the aggrieved person may either bring civil action against the person named in the complaint in a court of competent jurisdiction or may request an administrative hearing with the Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH). Upon receipt of recommended orders from DOAH administrative law judges, the commission has 90 days to issue a final order by adopting, rejecting, or modifying the recommended order. A panel of no less than 3 of the 12 FCHR commissioners reviews DOAH's recommended order prior to entering a final decision.
The commission does not consider its deliberations as constituting quasi-judicial functions because these deliberations are not administered pursuant to Ch. 120, Florida Statutes; rather, all administrative hearings are handled exclusively by DOAH, which prevents any overlap of functions between DOAH and the commission.

What is the commission's workload?

In Fiscal Year 2018-19, the commission received 1,538 cases and resolved 1,487. Twenty-five percent of all cases were resolved within required timeframes.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Dollars Positions

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

What are the applicable statutes?

Chapter 760 Parts I and II, and ss. 112.3187, 112.3188, 112.3189, 112.31895, and 509.092, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Florida Commission on Human Relations, 850-488-7082 or 1-800-342-8170, email:  fchrinfo@fchr.myflorida.com