Check Your State Fair Employment Agency

State Human Rights Agencies
Check to see what resources, statutes or agencies your state has, before filing a workplace harassment complaint.

All but five states have an agency to investigate workplace harassment and discrimination complaints and enforce local harassment and discrimination laws. These state agencies are collectively referred to as Fair Employment Practices Agencies (FEPA). 

You file a charge of discrimination with your state agency. If federal laws apply to your claim, in most states it will automatically be filed with the EEOC as well. 

Know Important Numbers, Timelines, and Dates

If you are experiencing workplace harassment or discrimination, you will want to know important dates and details that can be relevant to filing a harassment or discrimination complaint.

Even if you aren’t sure how you will work to resolve your complaint, or think you might never consider filing a complaint with your state or the EEOC, knowing this information is important.

Your HR department and company lawyers know this information, you need to as well.

  • Number of Employees: The number of employees your company employs is relevant if you decide to escalate your complaint to a federal or state agency. This number is set by the EEOC but your state laws may have more favorable terms.
  • Age Discrimination: The number of employees required for filing an age discrimination complaint may be different than other discrimination complaints
  • Time: You have a limited amount of time to file a complaint with a state or federal agency. The time allowed is set by the EEOC but can be more generous based on the laws of your state. Knowing these dates from the start may give you some leverage when seeking a satisfactory resolution with your company
  • Important Dates: Access our List of Important Dates HERE

Knowledge is Power. Information is Liberating.

EEOC and State Agencies

While the EEOC is the federal agency that manages and investigates harassment and discrimination complaints (i.e., federal Title VII of the Civil Rights Act), each state is able to determine its own state laws as long as those laws fall within federal guidelines. 

Some states have a more generous filing deadline. Some states allow claims against companies with fewer employees. Some states provide greater protections for protected classes.  If you have exhausted all possible means to resolve the issue with your company and you have decided to file with your state/EEOC:

  • Check your state requirements below. You can file your complaint (called An Administrative Charge) with the EEOC or your state agency (if they have one). Your state agency will cross-file your complaint with the EEOC if you meet the EEOC requirements.
  • If you have an equal pay complaint, you can sue your company without filing an EEOC complaint. If you believe you were not paid fairly due to discrimination, you have two years to file a discrimination complaint with the EEOC. You can find more information about equal pay HERE

Workplaces Not Covered by Title VII

Not everyone works for a company that is covered under Title VII. For those individuals, different laws must be followed when confronting harassment in the workplace:  

  • If you work for a company with fewer employees than is allowed by federal law, check with your state agency for other possible options 
  • If you are a federal employee, you are covered by the EEOC, but must follow a different process (see below)
  • If you work for the military you must follow a different process (see below)
  • You can also find a helpful summary of current workplace protections by state, as of August 2022 HERE.

Fair Employment Practices Agencies, by State

Alabama

Alabama

Min # of employees:
– discrimination: 15 
– harassment: 15
– age: 20

Days to file: 180 days

Alaska

Alaska

State Agency: Alaska State Commission for Human Rights (ASCHR)

Min # of employees:
– discrimination: 15 
– harassment:  2
– age: 15

Days to file: 180 days

Arizona

Arizona

State Agency: Arizona Civil Rights Division (ACRD)

Min # of employees:
– discrimination: 15 
– harassment:  1
– age: 15

Days to file: 180 days

Arkansas

Arkansas

State Agency: NONE / File complaints with the EEOC

Min # of employees:
– discrimination: 15 
– harassment: 15
– age: 20

Days to file: 180 days

California

California

State Agency: California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)

Min # of employees:
– discrimination: 5 
– harassment:  1
– age: 5

Days to file: 365 days

Colorado

Colorado

State Agency: Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD)

Min # of employees:
– discrimination: 5 
– harassment:  1
– age: 20

Days to file: 6 months

Connecticut

Connecticut

State Agency: Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment:  3
age: 3

Days to file: 180 days

Delaware

Delaware

State Agency: Delaware Department of Labor (DDOL)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15
harassment:  4
age: 20

Days to file: 300 days

Florida

Florida

State Agency: Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR)

Min # of employees:
discrimination 15 
harassment:  15
age: 20

Days to file: 365 days

Georgia

Georgia

State Agency: NONE / File complaints with the EEOC

Min # of employees:
discrimination 15 
harassment: 15
age: 20

Days to file: 180 days

Hawaii

Hawaii

State Agency: Hawai’i Civil Rights Commission (HCRC)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 1
age: 20

Days to file: 180 days

Idaho

Idaho

State Agency: Idaho Human Rights Commission (IHRC)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 5
age: 5

Days to file: 365 days

Illinois

Illinois

State Agency: Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) 

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 1
age: 20

Days to file: 300 days

Indiana

Indiana

State Agency: Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 6
age: 20

Days to file: 180 days

Iowa

Iowa

State Agency: Iowa Civil Rights Commission (ICRC)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 4
age: 4 non-family member employees

Days to file: 300 days

Kansas

Kansas

State Agency: Kansas Human Rights Commission (KHRC)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 6
age: 6

Days to file: 6 months

Kentucky

Kentucky

State Agency: Kentucky Commission on Human Rights (KCHR)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 20*
harassment: 20*
age: 20

Days to file: 180 days

* If your company employs 15-19 employees, file complaints with the EEOC

Louisiana

Louisiana

State Agency: Louisiana Commission on Human Rights (LCHR)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 1
age: 20

Days to file: 180 days

Maine

Maine

State Agency: Maine Human Rights Commission (MHRC)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 1
age: 20

Days to file: 300 days

Maryland

Maryland

State Agency: Maryland Commission on Human Relations (MCHR)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 15
age: 20

Days to file: 6 months

Massachusetts

Massachusetts

State Agency: Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 6
age: 6

Days to file: 300 days

Michigan

Michigan

State Agency: Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 1
age: 20

Days to file: 180 days

Minnesotta

Minnesotta

State Agency: Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 1
age: 20

Days to file: 1 year

Mississippi

Mississippi

State Agency: NONE / File complaints with the EEOC

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 15
age: 20

Days to file: 180 days

Missouri

Missouri

State Agency: Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 6
age: 20

Days to file: 180 days

Montana

Montana

State Agency: Human Rights Bureau (HRB)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 1
age: 20

Days to file: 180 days

Nebraska

Nebraska

State Agency: Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission (NEOC)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 15
age: 20

Days to file: 300 days

Nevada

Nevada

State Agency: Nevada Equal Rights Commission (NERC)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 15
age: 15

Days to file: 300 days

New Hampshire

New Hampshire

State Agency: New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights (NHCHR)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 16 
harassment: 6
age: 6

Days to file: 180 days

New Jersey

New Jersey

State Agency: New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15
harassment: 1
age: 20

Days to file: 180 days

New Mexico

New Mexico

State Agency: New Mexico Human Rights Bureau (HRB)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 4
age: 20

Days to file: 180 days

New York

New York

State Agency: New York Division of Human Rights (DHR)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15
harassment: 4
age: 4

Days to file: 1 year

North Carolina

North Carolina

State Agency: NONE / File complaints with the EEOC.  

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 15
age: 20

Days to file: 180 days

North Dakota

North Dakota

State Agency: North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights (HRD)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 1
age: 20

Days to file: 300 days

Ohio

Ohio

State Agency: Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 4
age: 4

Days to file: 6 months

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

State Agency: Office of Civil Rights Enforcement (OCRE)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 1
age: 20

Days to file: 180 days

Oregon

Oregon

State Agency: Bureau of Labor & Industries (BOLI)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 1
age: 20

Days to file: 1 year

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

State Agency: Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 4
age: 20

Days to file: 180 days

Rhode Island

Rhode Island

State Agency: Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights (RICHR)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 4
age: 4

Days to file: 1 year

South Carolina

South Carolina

State Agency: South Carolina Human Affairs Commission (SHAC)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 15
age: 20

Days to file: 180 days

South Dakota

South Dakota

State Agency: South Dakota Division of Human Rights (SDDHR)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 1
age: 20

Days to file: 180 days

Tennessee

Tennessee

State Agency: Tennessee Human Rights Commission (THRC)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 8
age: 8

Days to file: 180 days

Texas

Texas

State Agency: Texas Workforce Commission — Civil Rights Division (TWC-CRD)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 15
age: 15

Days to file: 180 days

Utah

Utah

State Agency: Utah Antidiscrimination and Labor Division (UALD)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 15
age: 15

Days to file: 180 days

Vermont

Vermont

State Agency: Vermont Human Rights Commission (VHRC)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 1
age: 20

Days to file: 300 days

Virginia

Virginia

State Agency: Division of Human Rights (DHR)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 6
age: 6

Days to file: 300 days

Washington

Washington

State Agency: Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 8
age: 8

Days to file: 6 months

Washington DC

Washington DC

Agency: Office of Human Rights (OHR)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 1
age: 15

Days to file: 1 year

West Virginia

West Virginia

State Agency: West Virginia Human Rights Commission (WVHRC)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 12
age: 20

Days to file: 365 days

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

State Agency: Wisconsin Equal Rights Division (WERD)

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 1
age: 20

Days to file: 300 days

Wyoming

Wyoming

State Agency: Wyoming Fair Employment Practices (WFEP)+

Min # of employees:
discrimination: 15 
harassment: 2
age: 20

Days to file: 6 months

Federal Employee

Federal Employee

Agency: EEOC

Days to file: 45 Days

U.S. Military

U.S. Military

Agency: Department of Defense

Hotline open M-F 8am-4pm EST: 800-424-9098 
Email: hotline@dodig.osd.mil

Days to file: 45 days


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