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Filing a Charge

Learn about the options for filing a charge of discrimination with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission

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, marital status (for credit only) 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.