Oklahoma Attorney General - www.oag.ok.gov
Office of Civil Rights Enforcement
The Office of Civil Rights Enforcement (OCRE) is a division of the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office that has the authority to investigate complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and age (40 and above) (plus familial status in housing).
The OCRE also accepts, serves, and reports on complaints of racial profiling based on race and national origin.
If you believe you have been discriminated against on your job (discharge, hire, promotion, or transfer...), you may file a complaint with the OCRE.
If you believe you have been discriminated against in housing (sale, rental, mortgage lending, threatened, intimidated, coerced, and denied a reasonable accommodation or modification...), you may file a complaint with the OCRE.
The OCRE will investigate your complaint and determine whether discrimination occurred.
If you believe you have been discriminated against in employment, housing, at a place of public accommodation, or racially profiled, contact the OCRE to file a complaint.
Complaint Forms and Workplace Posters
Employment Discrimination Complaint Form
Housing Discrimination Form
Public Accommodations Complaint
Racial Profiling Complaint
OCRE Workplace Poster
OCRE Workplace Poster (Spanish)
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
What is the investigative process?
After a complaint is formally filed, it is served on the responding party which is required to respond to the allegations. Once the response is received, documents are reviewed and witnesses are questioned. After a thorough investigation is completed, a determination of reasonable cause or no reasonable cause is made.
Is there a fee for services?
Is this a lawsuit?
No. The filing of a discrimination complaint is not a lawsuit but rather an administrative process.
How long does it take to investigate a complaint, and why?
The amount of time required to investigate a complaint depends upon the number of basis, issues, complexity of the issues, participation of the parties, and various additional factors. Each complaint is different and investigated accordingly.
Why is age discrimination based only on 40 years of age and over?
The age requirement of at least 40 years and above is set by state and federal statute.
Do I need an attorney?
No, you are not required to obtain an attorney, but you may do so at any time. If you do obtain an attorney, you must advise the assigned investigator immediately so that OCRE may contact your attorney regarding your complaint.
What will happen after the investigation is completed?
There are several things that can happen once your investigation is completed depending upon the determination made by OCRE. Examples of things that can happen, but not limited to, administrative closure, various successful resolutions, possible administrative hearings, and even civil court filings.
What does the OCRE do if discrimination is found and what do I get out of it?
If OCRE determines after the investigation that there was reasonable cause to believe that discrimination occurred, the parties are notified and attempts to successfully resolve the complaint are conducted. With employment discrimination complaints, if resolution attempts are unsuccessful, the complaint may be taken to administrative hearing to be presented before an administrative law judge; the complaining party may request his or her state and federal right to sue; or the complaint may be forwarded to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for possible further processing. In housing discrimination complaints, if resolution attempts are unsuccessful, the complaint may be taken to administrative hearing to be presented before an administrative law judge; or either of the parties may elect to proceed to an appropriate court.
What are the bases in which I can file a discrimination complaint?
OCRE has jurisdiction to investigate employment discrimination complaints on the basis of race; color; sex; religion; national origin; age (40 years and above) disability; and retaliation.
OCRE has jurisdiction to investigate public accommodation complaints on the same basis as employment complaints.
OCRE has jurisdiction to investigate housing discrimination complaints on the basis of race; color; sex; religion; national origin; age (18 years and above); disability; retaliation; and the additional basis of familial status.
OCRE has jurisdiction to process and report on racial profiling complaints based upon race and ethnic status.
What does the OCRE do, and how can you help me?
The OCRE investigates discrimination complaints involving employment, housing, public accommodation. The OCRE also processes and reports on racial profiling complaints. OCRE helps by investigating and processing these types of discrimination complaints.
What is the difference between the Office of Civil Rights Enforcement (OCRE) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)?
OCRE is a division of the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office that has jurisdiction to investigate employment, housing, and public accommodation discrimination complaints. EEOC is the federal agency that investigates employment discrimination complaints.
Is OCRE my attorney, and do you represent me?
No. The OCRE is a neutral fact finding investigative unit with the responsibility of investigating discrimination complaints.
What is the deadline for filing a discrimination complaint?
The filing limit for employment discrimination complaints is within 180 days from the last alleged discriminatory act. The filing limit for public accommodation discrimination complaints is within 180 days from the last alleged discriminatory act. The filing limit for housing discrimination complaints is within 1 year from the last alleged discriminatory act.
OCRE@oag.ok.gov or call the OAG Office of Civil Rights Enforcement at 405-521-2029.