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.

Please direct any questions to

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photo of Commissioner Carolyn PetersPlease 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