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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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Please Welcome Angela Phelps-White as Ohio Civil Rights Commission Executive Director
After a rigorous search led by the OCRC Commissioners, we are proud to announce that Angela Phelps-White will serve as the state agency's new Executive Director starting March 16, 2020. Director Phelps-White fills the vacancy left following the retirement of G. Michael Payton. As Executive Director, Phelps-White will oversee all agency business in the Commission's seven statewide offices. Director Phelps-White's professional and personal achievements demonstrate a commitment to public service and upholding the rule of law. She has broad experience in the public sector, including as a Judge for the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. The OCRC Commissioners and staff are enthusiastic about her transition and the next chapter in the Commission's long history. For more information on Director Phelps-White, click here.
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On behalf of our Commissioners and staff, I welcome you to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission's website. Our informational video will help you understand the services offered by the OCRC. I invite you to contact us if we can be of assistance to you. - G. Michael Payton, Former Executive Director
Nomination Period for the 2020 Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame is now open
The nomination period for the 12th Annual Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame has begun. This year's induction ceremony will be on October 8 at the Ohio Statehouse. For more details, click here for the official nomination form.
After 35 years of public service and 18 years working devotedly as the Executive Director for OCRC, G. Michael Payton retired on December 31, 2019. Chief Legal Counsel Stephanie Bostos Demers has assumed the role of Acting Executive Director until a new Executive Director is appointed.
November 13, 2019 - OCRC Presented at EEOC Training Seminar
The Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hosted a training seminar on Wednesday, November 13 featuring presentations from several OCRC staff.
October 10, 2019 - Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame
OCRC and sponsors welcomed the 2019 Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame inductees at the 11th annual induction ceremony. Thomas Jefferson Ferguson, Mary Hackney, Dr. Jack Hansan, Jerrie Mock, Burt Silverman, and Stanley Tolliver were inducted. For more information, click here.
September 26, 2019 - Dr. Carolyn Peters interviewed for OOD Podcast
OCRC Commissioner and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disability (OOD) Council Chair, Dr. Carolyn Peters, was interviewed about her personal journey and how she became involved with OOD. Click here to access the podcast.
The Ohio Civil Rights Commission is an equal opportunity employer; we celebrate and embrace diversity and are committed to maintaining an inclusive community.