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Ohio Civil Rights Commission

civ.intake@civ.ohio.gov

30 East Broad St., Fifth Floor, Columbus, OH, 43215, US

614-466-2785

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, military status and retaliation. The Ohio Civil Rights Commission has a statute of limitations of six months for public accommodation, credit or disability in higher ediucation complaints, one year for housing complaints, and or two years for employment complaints. All charges of discrimination must be filed within those periods following the last occurrence of discriminatory harm. The Ohio Civil Rights Commission cannot investigate acts of discrimination that occurred prior to that date. 

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.
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I was discriminated against on the basis of:

I was subjected to:

Ohio law, under ORC 4112.052(A), prohibits individuals from bringing a civil action (lawsuit) in state court until they have filed a charge with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (“OCRC” or “Commission”) and received a Notice of Right to Sue, with some exceptions. However, if Charging Parties wish to bring a civil action in state court as soon as possible, they can request a Notice of Right to Sue immediately. If Charging Parties request a Notice of Right to Sue at the time of filing a charge of discrimination, the Commission can issue that notice after the expiration of 60 days from the date the charge was filed.

If the Charging Parties decide to bring a civil action in state court right away, during the 60-day waiting period, the Charging Parties can take advantage of the Commission’s free and voluntary mediation program.

Charging Parties may decide to continue through the full OCRC investigation process and then decide to file a civil action in state court after the Commission makes an initial determination or otherwise dismisses the charge.

In order to process your charge effectively and efficiently, OCRC asks for Charging Parties to voluntarily inform the Commission of their intentions at the time of filing their charge(s). This information will not be shared with Respondents until all case records are made public. Any intentions stated below are not binding until you request and receive a Notice of Right to Sue, in writing. Please note that your case will not be impacted should your plans change.

[1] Exceptions are: 1) the person has received a Notice of Right to Sue from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); (2) The Commission fails to issue a Notice of Right to Sue within 45 days after one is requested and following the 60-day hold period; (3) The civil action is seeking only injunctive relief; or (4) The case has a Probable Cause finding and the Charging Party has withdrawn the case.

Case Intentions Questionnaire (The following information is voluntary and will not be shared with Respondent until all case records are made public.)