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Welcome to the Vermont Human Rights Commission

The mission of the Vermont Human Rights Commission is to promote full civil and human rights in Vermont. 

The Commission protects people from unlawful discrimination in housing, state government employment, and public accommodations. A place of public accommodation is any establishment, such as a school, restaurant, office, or store that offers facilities, goods or services to the general public.

We pursue our mission by

  • Conciliation/Mediating disputes
  • Educating the public
  • Providing information and referrals
  • Advancing effective human rights public policies
  • Enforcing laws

The Vermont Human Rights Commission envisions a society in which

  • People treat each other with dignity and respect
  • Communities promote equality, fairness, understanding and acceptance of all
  • Citizens act effectively to end discrimination

We envision the Commission as a dynamic leader in the pursuit of social justice. To this end, the Commission will

  • Collaborate with public, private, and non-profit organizations
  • Conduct efficient and effective enforcement
  • Conduct education and outreach
  • Provide an authoritative voice with respect to civil rights in Vermont