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Filing a Discrimination Charge

Employment Discrimination and Harassment - Filing a Charge with EEOC, IDHR or Others 

If you are a victim of discrimination, you may wish to file a charge of discrimination with a governmental agency and retain an attorney to represent you during the administrative proceedings and for litigation, if necessary. The various administrative agencies that can investigate your employer for discrimination are as follows:

  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

    The EEOC permits a charge to be filed within 300 days of the discrimination.
    Telephone Number: (312) 353-2713 or (312) 353-2421 (TTD) or (312) 353-7355 (fax).
    Address: 500 W. Madison, Suite 2800, Chicago, Illinois 60611.
    Office hours are: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Charge intake hours are: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR)

    The IDHR permits a charge to be filed within 180 days from the discrimination.
    Telephone number: (312) 814-6200 or (312) 263-1579 (TTD) or (312) 814-1541 (fax).
    Address: James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Suite 10-100, Chicago, Illinois 60610.
    Office hours are: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Charge intake hours are: Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other forms of discrimination covered include: Housing, Public Accommodations, Credit Transactions, and Sexual Harassment in Higher Education.

    Click here to see a flow chart regarding the charge process from the 
    Human Rights Commission

  • The Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR)

    The ICHR permits a charge to be filed within 180 days of the discrimination. 
    Telephone Number: (312) 744-4111 or (312) 744-1088 (TTD).
    Address: 740 N. Sedgwick, 3rd Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60610.
    Office hours are: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Charge intake hours are the same.
    Other forms of discrimination covered include: Housing, Public Accommodations, Credit Bonding and Transactions.

  • Cook County Commission on Human Rights (CCCHR)

    The CCHR permits a charge to be filed within 180 days from the discrimination.
    Telephone number: (312) 603-1100 or (312) 603-1101 (TDD) or (312) 603-9988 (fax)
    Address
    : 69 W. Washington St., Suite 2900, Chicago, Illinois 60602.
    Office hours are: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Charge intake hours are: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other forms of discrimination covered include: Housing, Public Accommodations, and Credit Transactions.

  • U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

    The OCR permits a charge to be filed within 180 days from the discrimination.
    Telephone number: (312) 886-8434 or (312) 353-4888 (fax)
    Address: 111 North Canal Street, Suite 1053, Chicago, IL 60606-7204
    E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Housing Discrimination

In addition to the agencies listed above, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) accepts and investigates charges of discrimination in housing. HUD operates an extensive program that enforces housing discrimination laws, and awards damages and expenses to victims. Click here to file an online discrimination charge with HUD. In the alternative, residents of  Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, may contact HUD at:   

  • Chicago Regional Office of FHEO

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building
    77 West Jackson Boulevard, Room 2101
    Chicago, Illinois 60604-3507
    (312) 353-7776 ext. 2453
    1-800-765-9372
    TTY (312) 353-7143


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