- During the Intake Process, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) may want to meet with the Charging Party to discuss the nature of their claim. Staff may interview the Charging Party in person or over the phone. The Charging Party will be asked some specific questions to make sure the agency can accept the complaint and to determine if there is a basis to initiate a formal investigation of the complaint. The Charging Party does not need a lawyer to file a complaint with our agency, however, they may choose to have one represent them at any point during the process.
- If the CHR determines we can accept the Charging Party’s complaint for investigation, a Charge of Discrimination will be drafted, which includes a summary of the Charging Party’s allegations. The Charging Party will be required to sign the document and return the original to us as soon as possible. If the agency does not receive the signed, original document within 90 days from the Charging Party’s initial contact with the agency, the file will be closed and we will not proceed with an investigation of the complaint.
- If the agency determines that we cannot accept the Charging Party’s complaint for investigation, we may refer them to another agency for further assistance. Regardless, the Charging Party will receive written notice indicating the reason for the denial and the case will be closed.