When a charge of discrimination is filed with the OCRC, each party to the charge will be
provided with the opportunity to participate in the mediation services offered in each of
our regional offices. The decision to participate is completely voluntary; however, both
parties must be willing to participate in order to proceed with this option. If one party
does not consent to participate in the mediation process, the case will be assigned to an
Investigator for investigation.
If both parties agree to participate, the mediation will be scheduled and conducted
within a 45-day time period. During the mediation, both parties will have the
opportunity to explain their position and provide suggestions for reaching a resolution.
The goal of the mediation process is not intended to be a hearing to determine whether
or not a violation of Ohio’s Laws Against Discrimination has occurred.
The Mediator will work with both parties to reach a mutually satisfactory
settlement/agreement. Settlement agreements are not intended to be reflective of the
merits of the case. Any agreement reached during the mediation procedure is binding
upon the parties.
If a settlement/agreement is not reached, the mediator will refer the case for
How do I file a charge?
You may file a charge online, by US Mail or in person at one of our regional offices.
What Happens Next
How to Respond to a Charge
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Employee Web Mail
Civil Rights Reporter