Tampa Human Rights Board

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The Human Rights Board meetings for April and May 2020 have been cancelled.

Tampa Human Rights Board Mission Statement

The City of Tampa’s Human Rights Board is committed to equal rights and equal opportunity for everyone while upholding the laws and anti-discrimination ordinances that govern the residents of the City of Tampa. 

This Board will continue to educate and advocate for the citizens of Tampa against discrimination in all areas including employment, housing, and public accommodations.  We support the human rights of all people including those in the protected classes of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital and familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or retaliation.

We stand with the Mayor in celebration of the City’s rich history and the diversity of its people that combine to create a welcoming place to live, work, and visit year round.

The Tampa Human Rights Board (Board) advocates for the citizens of Tampa against discrimination, with a primary focus on equal rights and equal opportunity in employment, housing and public accommodations.  Appointed by past Mayor Bob Buckhorn and confirmed by City Council, the Board, composed of nine members, can receive and initiate complaints for investigation that allege any violation of Chapter 12, Tampa’s Human Rights Ordinance (Tampa Code), filed under the protected class of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital and familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or retaliation.

The Board can approve, publicize, change and rescind rules and regulations for the operation of the Board and to accomplish the policies of Tampa’s anti-discrimination ordinance.  The Board also reviews – upon request – employment, housing or public accommodations discrimination cases once an investigation has been completed.  In addition, upon failure of conciliation, the Board will review whether the evidence supports the administrator’s decision to find reasonable cause, and to order further investigation if it does not, and conduct hearings when any party to a complaint violates the terms of a negotiated settlement agreement.


Clinton Paris, Esquire                  Hearing Officer

Anthony B. Carswell, Chair         Mortgage Financing

John L. Perry, Co-Chair                Labor Council

Parker A. Homans                        Real Estate Sales

Janet MacNealy                            Property Leasing

Captain Ashley R. Roberts           Law Enforcement

Sylvia L. Hubbard                          Other

Vacant                                             Other

Vacant                                             Retail Merchandising Management

Tomika A. Cole                               Industrial Management

The Human Rights Board purpose, contact information and enabling legislation can be found on the City of Tampa Boards and Commissions Human Rights Board page.

The Human Rights Board Meeting Minutes can be found here.