The Beckley Human Rights Ordinance (Chapter 10, Article 4, City of Beckley Code) was enacted in 1968 and is administered by the Beckley Human Rights Commission.

Primarily, the Beckley Human Rights Commission receives, investigates and issues decisions on complaints alleging discrimination in employment or places of public accommodations based on race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age (forty or above), blindness, or handicap. A housing complaint may be filed based on the reasons mentioned above, as well as, familial status, which means that a person may not be refused housing because he or she has children.

The Beckley Human Rights Commission may also initiate its own investigation of alleged discrimination and make recommendations to the Mayor and Common Council concerning policies and ordinances in matters which affect human rights.