Civil Rights

Telluride Municipal Code defines discrimination as any act that results in the unequal treatment or separation of any person or that denies, prevents, limits or otherwise adversely affects the benefit or enjoyment by any person of employment, ownership or occupancy of real property, public services or accommodations. Telluride Municipal Code prohibits discrimination based on a person’s race; color; creed; religion; ancestry; national origin; gender or sexual orientation, and further prohibits discrimination on the basis of pregnancy or childbirth, age, marital status, familial responsibility; military status; political affiliation; or physical or mental disabilities that would not constitute a direct threat to the housing or the safety of others.

Toward this end, Town employees are responsible for carrying out the commitment to non-discrimination including the requirements of Title VI. This includes the following: 

  • To ensure that the level and quality of transportation services are provided to all; 
  • To promote full and fair participation in transportation decision making; 
  • To ensure meaningful access to Town of Telluride programs and activities by persons with limited English proficiency; 
  • To identify and address, as appropriate, the human health, social, economic and environmental effects of the Town of Telluride programs and activities on all populations.

Civil Rights Complaint Procedure

In cases where a person feels they have been discriminated against or their civil rights have been violated on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or another status protected under law; he or she should contact their immediate supervisor or the Administrative Services Director to resolve their concerns. If this process proves unsatisfactory, complainant may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Civil Rights.

How to File a Civil Rights Complaint

To file a Civil Rights complaint, go to the Office for Civil Rights website at, download and complete the Complaint Verification Form (CVF) and the Identity Release Statement (IRS) and return both forms to the Office for Civil Rights at the following address:
Office for Civil Rights
Office of Justice Programs
U.S. Department of Justice
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
If you believe you have been the target of discrimination, you should file a complaint with OCR as soon as possible. In most circumstances, you may have no longer than one year from the date of the discriminatory incident to file a complaint.