What is the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission?
The Anchorage Equal Rights Commission (AERC) was established in the Anchorage Charter in 1975 and is the municipal law enforcement agency charged with preventing and eliminating unlawful discrimination under Title 5 of the Anchorage Municipal Code. (See Anchorage Municipal Charter and Anchorage Municipal Code, Title 5). The AERC also enforces the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA - Title I) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 through a work-share agreement with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The AERC is governed by nine commissioners appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Anchorage Assembly. The Commission meets on a regular basis in the Mayor's Conference Room at City Hall (632 W. Sixth Ave., Suite 830). Meeting dates and times are published in the Municipal Public Notices. The AERC also has six professionals on staff, including an Executive Director and Staff Attorney, three investigators, an Intake and Outreach Coordinator, and a Docket Clerk. You may contact the AERC staff and obtain information about the next Commission meeting at 343-4342 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AERC's mission is to enforce federal and municipal anti-discrimination laws and provide equal opportunity to all persons in Anchorage.