R. HAMISI INGRAM, Executive Director
Established - 1943
Statutory authority - CGS Chapter 814c
Central office -
Number of positions - 98 authorized
Recurring Operating Expenses 2005-2006: $6,834,722.00
Organizational structure - Nine Member Commission Establishes Policy, Executive Director Manages Administrative Office and Four Regional Offices; Independent Office of Public Hearings.
Toll Free Telephone No. (800) 477-5737
*Historical and Statistical Data as of June 30, 2006
The mission of the
The Commission’s statutory responsibilities are to:
· Eliminate illegal discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and
credit transactions through enforcement of the prohibitions against discrimination contained in
Chapter 814c of the general statutes,
· Monitor compliance with state contract compliance laws and small contractor set-aside
provisions by state agencies, contractors, and subcontractors,
· Review, approve, and monitor state agency affirmative action plans for compliance with laws
requiring affirmative action and equal opportunity in state government, and
opportunity and justice for all persons in
education and outreach activities.
The Commission is a policy-making body consisting of nine members. The Governor appoints five of the members and the leadership of the General Assembly appoints four. All appointments require the advice and consent of the House and Senate. The Commission conducts regular monthly meetings. The Commission conducts special meetings and fact-finding hearings, as it deems necessary.
· Proactive Outreach. Last summer, the Commission filed a formal letter of protest with the ABC Television Network, and its local affiliate, over plans to air a reality show entitled “Welcome to the Neighborhood.” This highly offensive show pitted ethnically and sexually diverse families against one another in a contest to win the approval of a conservative, white neighborhood to move into their neighborhood. Bowing to public pressure spearheaded by the Commission, ABC cancelled the show prior to its debut last September.
Awards Banquet. In
August, the Commission held its North Star awards celebration, honoring area
leaders in the civil rights field and commemorating
· Affirmative Action Training. The Commission is mandated, in conjunction with the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, to provide training annually to those persons designated by state agencies as affirmative action officers and those persons designated by the attorney general to represent agencies in complaints filed with CHRO or the EEOC. The subject of this training is the reach of state and federal laws addressing discrimination in employment, and techniques in investigating complaints of discrimination. Newly appointed designees receive an initial course of ten hours of training. Thereafter, all designees receive an annual supplemental training of five hours.
Field Operations: During the past fiscal year, the Commission received 2,251 complaint affidavits and closed 2,167 complaints. Through the conciliation process, a total of $2,382,083 in known settlements was returned to complainants who alleged they had encountered discrimination. A number of complaints were also withdrawn, following a settlement between the Complainant and Respondent to which the Commission was not a party. A total of 165 requests for reconsideration (internal appeal) of the dismissal of a complaint were received, and a total of 245 reconsideration decisions were issued. Of these, 64 requests were granted. Unique complaint issues that were addressed during the fiscal year included the status of alleged acts of discrimination occurring at non- Indian enterprises located on tribal land, and whether a rent security deposit guarantee constituted a lawful source of income class basis in housing discrimination cases.
Litigation: In FY 2006, 70 cases were dismissed from the public hearing process, either by decision or by settlement. The dollar value of settlements and awards to complainants was $702,962 excluding complaints that were settled between the parties for undisclosed amounts. In addition, five housing cases that were being litigated in court were settled or withdrawn, for an additional $51,500. Lastly, one public hearing case was settled on appeal to the superior court, for a total of $5,000.
During the fiscal year the legal division received 14 requests for reopening, and made recommendations to the commission on 17 pending reopening requests.
Agency staff also reviewed 81 affirmative action plans submitted by contractors who were awarded public works and construction contracts. One-hundred six technical assistance reviews were conducted to assist contractors in complying with contracting and set-aide provisions. Staff also assisted in programs with the Department of Administrative Services to train agencies in setting reasonable and realistic small and minority business set aside goals.
Additionally, members of the agency’s senior staff made over 20 presentations to various organizations on the role of the agency and its statutory functions.
Information Reported as Required by State Statute
The Commission is committed to the principles of affirmative action and equal employment opportunity. The Commission’s affirmative action plan for its most recent reporting period was conditionally approved. Some goals were achieved despite only a small number of hires, and good faith efforts were made to achieve hiring and promotion goals. Contact was maintained with recruitment sources and organizations directed towards underrepresented classifications. Set-aside program goals were achieved. The Commission’s program complies with state non-discrimination laws pertaining to the protected class of sexual orientation.
Additional Information: Individuals seeking additional information about the Commission, the laws it enforces, and its services and programs are encouraged to contact the Commission’s website http://www.state.ct.us/chro/ or to call us at our toll free number (800) 477-5737.