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The Ohio Civil Rights Commission takes our mission to investigate charges of discrimination and harassment very seriously. We also take seriously our responsibility as a state agency to protect the safety and security of all Ohioans.

In order to prevent and contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission is suspending in-person charge filing at all of our regional offices. We encourage all Ohioans who wish to file a charge to
file online or call their regional office.

We appreciate your patience during this difficult time. Please watch this space for any updates to this policy.

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Charge Filing Procedure

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 of the alleged act of discrimination for public accommodation, credit, or disability in higher education complaints, one year for housing complaints, or two years for employment complaints. All charges of discrimination must be filed within those periods following the last occurrence of discriminatory harm and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission cannot investigate acts of discrimination that occurred prior to that date. 


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:

IN ORDER TO PREVENT AND CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS, OCRC HAS SUSPENDED IN-PERSON CHARGE FILING AT ALL OF OUR REGIONAL OFFICES.  Please reach out to the Commission by phone.  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 leave a message and allow time for an investigator to call you back. Click here to view our office locations and phone numbers.

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 charge, signed under oath, 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. When the office is open, you may bring your charge affidavit into the regional office, meet with a Commission representative and have it signed free of cost; however, currently all Commission offices are closed to the public. 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 below on the type of charge you wish to file.




Disability in Higher Education

Discrimination in Places of Public Accommodation



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