Civil Rights

The Civil Rights Unit (CRU) enforces Vermont state laws that (i) prohibit employment discrimination and other unfair employment practices, (ii) offer employees job-protected leave to care for themselves or their family members, and (iii) provide civil remedies for victims of hate crimes. The CRU also provides guidance to individuals and employers about their rights and obligations under these laws. Click Employment Law for more details on workplace protections and click Hate Crimes to learn more about remedies available to victims of bias-motivated crimes.

The CRU’s primary enforcements efforts are directed and investigating complaints it receives by telephone, e-mail, or by online questionnaire. If the complaints are not resolved by administrative investigation or by the CRU’s free mediation service, the CRU may go to court to seek damages, injunctive relief, and civil penalties. Click Investigative Process for more details.

If you have any questions about your rights, seek guidance on how to comply with Vermont’s non-discrimination laws, or wish to file a complaint, please contact us:

Civil Rights Unit
Vermont Attorney General’s Office
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-1001

(888)745-9195 (Toll Free VT)
(802)828-3657
(802)828-3665(TTY)
(802)828-2154 (Fax)

Published: Jul 25, 2014