Civil Rights

The City of Flagstaff is committed to nondiscrimination and fair treatment of its residents, visitors, and employees.

Notice: It is the policy of the City of Flagstaff to eliminate prejudice and discrimination due to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression, in places of public accommodation and in employment. You may file a complaint of discrimination within the city limits of Flagstaff in employment and public accommodation, based upon race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.

All complaints related to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, and national origin should be filed in accordance with State and Federal requirements.

Arizona Attorney General - Civil Rights Intake Questionnaire

U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission - Filing a Charge

 Title 14 - Civil Rights Complaint

In order for the City of Flagstaff to have the legal jurisdiction to mediate and/or investigate a complaint filed under Title 14 of the Flagstaff City Code, the following guidelines must be met:

  • The issue must be one of discrimination that is covered under Title 14 of the Flagstaff City Code.
  • The business against whom the complaint is filed must be located within Flagstaff city limits, must employ 15 or more employees in the City of Flagstaff for each working day in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year, and includes any agent of such person, and must not fall under any of the exclusions set forth in Section 14-02-001-0004 of the Flagstaff City Code.
  • Any person claiming to be aggrieved by an alleged violation of this Code may file with the City Manager's Office a verified charge, in writing, within 90 calendar days after the alleged violation occurred.
  • Complaints must be received in writing and signed using the following form. All complaints received by the City of Flagstaff will be subject to Arizona public records laws.

Complaint Form (PDF)

Notice to Employers

Every employer, employment agency, and labor organization subject to this article shall post in conspicuous places, available to employees and applicants for employment, notices setting forth the provisions of Section 14-02-001-0003, Prohibited Acts. Based on the above requirement, a business owner or employer subject to the ordinance must post the following notice in a conspicuous place.

Employer Notice (PDF)

Flagstaff employers are responsible to review the Civil Rights Ordinance to determine whether they are subject to the ordinance and posting requirements.

View the full Ordinance

Municipal Equality Index

The Human Rights Campaign uses the Municipal Equality Index (MEI) to examine how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work in Flagstaff. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and the city leadership's public position on equality.

Flagstaff is one of 506 cities that have been rated on 49 different criteria. View city's scorecards: 

2023 Scorecard (PDF)

2022 Scorecard (PDF)

2021 Scorecard (PDF)

2020 Scorecard (PDF)

2019 Scorecard (PDF)

2018 Scorecard (PDF)

2017 Scorecard (PDF)

2016 Scorecard (PDF)

Further Information

If you have questions or comments about Civil Rights or the Municipal Equality Index, please contact the Civil Rights and LGBTQ+ Liaison in the Flagstaff City Manager's Office, Chris Rhode via email or at 928-213-2078.