Once the charge of discrimination is received, the case will be assigned to an investigator. Within two (2) weeks, the investigator will send letters and copies of the charge affidavit via U.S. Mail to the person filing the charge (Charging Party) and to the company/person (Respondent) against whom the charge was filed.
The Ohio Civil Rights Commission offers a voluntary mediation program and employs highly competent mediators in each of its regional offices. A case cannot be mediated unless both parties voluntarily agree to participate in the process. The purpose of the mediation is to resolve the issues in a manner that is satisfactory for both parties. Mediation is not the forum to decide the merits of the case. If mediation is successful, the case is closed and no further action will be taken. If mediation is not successful or if one party declines to participate, a full investigation will be conducted.
WHAT IS MEDIATION?
Mediation is an informal and efficient process facilitated by a neutral third party and is designed to assist parties in reaching a resolution. This process provides parties with a non-adversarial approach to resolving conflicts.
WHY CHOOSE MEDIATION?
The OCRC’S mediation program was developed and implemented in 1997 and has experienced tremendous success during this time. On average, the OCRC successfully resolves 85% of all cases electing this option.
OTHER ADVANTAGES OF MEDIATION INCLUDE:
VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION Mediation is one option, but is not mandatory. Both parties to a charge of discrimination must elect to participate in order for the process to begin.
CONFIDENTIAL All communication disclosed during the mediation process will be kept confidential and will not be shared with anyone, including other OCRC staff members.
FAIR AND IMPARTIAL The mediator facilitates communication and does not mandate a resolution. Only the parties can determine the terms of any resolution.
SAVES TIME & MONEY The OCRC makes every effort to bring willing participants together within 30 days. All mediation services are free of charge and are scheduled at a convenient time for both parties.