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Illegal Discrimination Ordinance

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Illegal Discrimination

On May 13, 2015, Laramie became the first, and only, city in Wyoming to pass a LGBTQ illegal discrimination ordinance. The ordinance prohibits “discrimination [against] any person based upon his or her actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations.” Below is the process for filing a complaint if someone believes they have been discriminated against based upon gender identity or sexual orientation.

If someone believes they are the victim of discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, they have 90 days after the alleged violation to file a complaint with the Laramie City Manager. The complaint must be in writing, under oath, and contain the following:

  1. Complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and signature;
  2. The date of the alleged unlawful discrimination;
  3. A statement of the facts upon which the allegation of unlawful discrimination occurred;
  4. The name of the alleged violator, or facts to sufficiently identify such person (“Respondent”); and
  5. Whether a complaint concerning the same matter has been filed with another agency and the disposition of said complaint.

Once the City Manager receives the complaint, s/he shall assign it to an investigator with the “requisite knowledge, skill, and expertise to further investigate the complaint.” After receiving the complaint, the investigator shall:

  1. Provide the Respondent written notice that a complaint alleging misconduct has been filed;
  2. Furnish a copy of the complaint to said person; and
  3. Advise said person of their rights and obligations, including the right to file a written, signed, and verified formal answer to the complaint within 15 days and service of the complaint.

The investigator will determine the facts behind the complaint and whether there is reasonable cause to believe a violation occurred. The investigator may dismiss the complaint during the investigation if the investigator determines that:

  1. The complaint was not filed within the required time period (90 days from the incident);
  2. The location of the alleged violation is not within the City’s jurisdiction;
  3. The alleged discrimination is not a violation of the anti-discrimination ordinance;
  4. The Complainant refuses to cooperate with the investigator in the investigation of the complaint or enforcement of an executed conciliation agreement;
  5. The Complainant cannot be located after the investigator has performed a reasonable search; or
  6. A conciliation agreement has been executed.

When the investigator determines there was an unlawful discrimination practice, s/he will attempt to conciliate the complaint. The goal of the conciliation is to achieve a just resolution and obtain assurances that the Respondent will satisfactorily remedy any violation of the Complainant’s rights and take action to ensure the elimination of both present and future unlawful discrimination. If the Respondent voluntarily enters into a conciliation agreement, the investigator shall immediately dismiss the complaint.

If a conciliation agreement is not able to be attained, the investigator will turn the case over to the City Attorney, who will determine how to best pursue further action on the complaint. This may include initiating an action in Municipal Court where, if found in violation, the Respondent will be subject to a fine of up to $750 or a jail sentence of up to six months, or both.

Below are links to the ordinance and its respective forms:

Illegal Discrimination City Ordinance

Rules and Procedures for Filing a Complaint

Complaint Form

Respondent Form


The information provided in this site is meant to be general in nature. Although every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy, the law is continually changing, and therefore, this site should not be used as a substitute for legal advice. It is highly recommended that anyone accessing this site consult with an attorney licensed in the State of Wyoming before taking any action based upon the information available in this site.

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