1. File within 180 days of the first act of discrimination
If you think that you have experienced employment discrimination in hiring, promotions, or firing, you can file a charge with the Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) office. Make sure that you give a complete description of the discrimination.
You can file a CCHR charge in person at:
740 North Sedgwick Street
Chicago, IL 60654
To mail in your charge, send it to the location above.
2. Your charge will be sent to your employer
The employer will have 28 days to respond to the charge.
3. The CCHR investigation
CCHR will investigate your claim. The investigation will collect documents and interview witnesses.
4. If the CCHR investigation finds enough proof of discrimination
The investigator will write a report on whether there is enough proof of discrimination. If there is, the case will go to an administrative hearing.
You could also go to mediation. You can only mediate if both sides agree to mediate. The goal of mediation is to reach a settlement. If you do not settle, the charge will move to an investigation.
5. If the CCHR investigator finds there is not enough proof of discrimination
If the CCHR finds there is not enough proof of discrimination, it will dismiss your charge. You may file and serve a request for review. You can argue that the claim should be reinstated.
Updated: July 2017