You have contacted the City of Champaign's Equity and Engagement Department to seek help concerning discrimination in employment, housing and/or public accommodations. We will contact you and set up an appointment to meet with you within three days upon receipt of this form. We will ask you many questions about what happened to you and about how others were treated, and will ask you about dates, the size of the organization with which you had trouble, and other matters. What you tell us is IMPORTANT.
First, we will have to establish whether we believe that the law permits us to work on your problem; that is, we must try to find out whether we have JURISDICTION under the law. Second, we must learn from your facts which will be useful in our investigation.
If it happens that what you tell us leads us to believe that we cannot help you because we do not have JURISDICTION, we will explain that to you and tell you why. If it happens that what you tell us leads us to believe that there is only a very slight chance that we will be able to help you or that is unlikely that the organization which you wish to charge has violated the law, we will explain that to you and tell you why.
However, if it should happen that we counsel you that we do not believe that we have jurisdiction or that it appears unlikely that we can help you or that the organization has violated the law, based on what you tell us, YOU MAY NONETHELESS, FILE A CHARGE WITH US. THAT IS YOUR DECISION TO MAKE. It is possible that your filing charge will result in it being dismissed because we do not have jurisdiction or because it is determined that the law has not been violated.