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Civil Rights Reporter
The Ohio Civil Rights Commission investigates cases that allege discrimination has occurred in a place of public accommodation within the State of Ohio. In order to file a charge of discrimination for this reason, the act of discrimination must have occurred no more than six (6) months prior to the date of filing a charge of discrimination.
A place of public accommodation is a place that offers accommodations, advantages, facilities, or privileges that are available to the public. An example of a place of public accommodation would include, but is not limited to, supermarkets, movie theaters, hotels, and amusement parks. Patrons/guests are entitled to receive the full enjoyment of the accommodations, advantages, facilities, or privileges of the place of public accommodation. Examples of discrimination in places of public accommodation would include, but are not limited to, the denial of service, difference in service, and denial of access.
To determine if your issue can be investigated by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, please answer the following questions:
If you answered yes to all three questions above, you can file a charge of discrimination with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. If you did not answer yes to all three, you can still file a charge and the Commission will determine if the matter is jurisdictional and will proceed accordingly.
*Charges are not considered officially filed until they are properly signed, notarized, and received by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.
Click here to file a Charge of Public Accommodation Discrimination online