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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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What is Housing Discrimination?

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission investigates charges of discrimination in housing within the state of Ohio. The investigations cover all aspects of housing, including but not limited to:

  • renting, leasing or subleasing, 
  • negotiating for sale or rental,
  • terms, conditions, or privileges for sale or rental
  • printing and publishing of advertisements,
  • reasonable accommodations in housing,
  • reasonable modifications in housing,
  • mortgage lending,
  • homeowner's insurance


Can I File a Charge Of Discrimination?

To determine if your complaint can be investigated by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, please answer the following questions: 

  • Is the act of discrimination related to a housing transaction or property within the state of Ohio?
  • Did the act of discrimination happen within one (1) year from the date you are filing the charge?
  • Do you think the action taken is related to your race, color, sex, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, familial status (presence of minor(s) under the age of 18 or due to somebody in the family being pregnant), military status or in retaliation for engaging in a protected activity (protesting discrimination)?

If you answered yes to all three questions above, you can file a charge of discrimination with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.  Even if you did not answer yes to all three, you can still file a charge and the OCRC will determine if the matter is jurisdictional and will proceed accordingly.


*Charges are not considered officially filed until they are properly signed under oath and received by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.