Filing an On-line charge
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, marital status in credit, 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 six months of the date that the discrimination occurred (with housing charges having one year to file).
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 and under oath. You may bring your charge affidavits into the regional office, meet with a Commission representative and have them signed free of cost. You may also take the copies to a notary to have them notarized. The Ohio Civil Rights Commission will not commence its investigation until it receives a notarized charge form with an original signature.