The Ohio Civil Rights Commission has jurisdiction to investigate charges of discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodation (access to services and facilities open to the public), disability in higher education (beyond the high school/secondary level) and credit. The bases protected against discrimination in Ohio are: race, color, sex, disability, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, familial status in housing, military status and retaliation. The Ohio Civil Rights Commission has a statute of limitations of six months (or one year for housing) and cannot investigate acts of discrimination that occurred prior to that date. For this reason, all charges of discrimination must be filed within 6 months of the date that the discrimination occurred (with housing charges having one year to file).
METHODS FOR FILING A CHARGE
You may file a charge of discrimination with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission by visiting an office in person, by mail or by completing the charge form on-line.
FILING IN PERSON:
You may visit one of our office locations to file the charge. Our staff will provide assistance in drafting and filing an official Charge of Discrimination. The offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm but please arrive by 3:30 pm to allow enough time to complete the charge filing process. Click here to view our office locations.
FILING BY US MAIL:
You may file your charge by US Mail by downloading and printing the appropriate charge form, filling it out in its entirety, signing it in the presence of a notary and mailing the form (with original signatures) to one of the Commission's regional offices. Your charge will not be officially filed until your signed, notarized charge is received by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. To print a charge affidavit, click here.
You may complete the charge form online and submit it directly from our website. The charge form will be sent to you to be signed in the presence of a notary or you may bring your charge affidavit into the regional office, meet with a Commission representative and have it signed free of cost. The Ohio Civil Rights Commission will not commence its investigation until it receives a notarized charge form with an original signature. Begin the online charge filing process by clicking on the type of charge you wish to file.
Disability in Higher Education
Discrimination in Places of Public Accommodation
Please call 1-888-278-7101 if you need assistance.