How To File A Charge

  1. Call or visit our office between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday
  2. An Information officer will speak with you about your problem. He or she will provide you with an Intake Questionnaire (IQ) to fill out. You can also click here to begin the process of filling out an Intake Questionnaire.
  3. After you have completed your IQ , submit the completed form. If further information is needed, an Information Officer will contact you.
  4. If your charge is accepted, it will be processed as a formal charge and assigned to an Investigator.
  5. An Investigator will gather facts, records and testimony from all parties involved. A charge may take time to be resolved.

Important Information About Filing Charges

1. Persons who feel they have been discriminated against have one (1) year from the date of alleged harm to file their charge with the Commission. The time period for filing a charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is shorter. The Commission encourages persons to contact the Commission as soon as they believe they are or have been victims of discrimination.

2. Many of the cases with the Commission are automatically filed with the federal agency responsible for enforcing the federal anti-discrimination laws. The EEOC enforces the fair employment laws and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) enforces the fair housing laws.

3. Each case accepted by the Commission takes a different amount of time to investigate based on the nature and complexity of the issues. It is impossible to estimate the time for any case. The process does take time and the cooperation of the parties is essential. The Commission has subpoena powers and can compel the release of documents. The Commission can also subpoena witnesses.