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Filing a Complaint with CRC

If you believe that CRC may be able to process your complaint, you may file directly with CRC within 180 days of the alleged discrimination. Complainants are encouraged to file by completing CRC's Complaint Information Form (CIF) and Privacy Act Consent Form

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If the CIF and Privacy Act Consent Form are not submitted initially, CRC will send them to you to be completed, signed, and returned. CRC will not process a complaint without these forms. Complaints and Privacy Act Consent Forms may be submitted to CRC in one of the following ways:

  • Sent by postal mail to:
    • Director, Civil Rights Center
      ATTENTION: Office of External Enforcement
      U.S. Department of Labor
      200 Constitution Avenue, NW
      Room N-4123
      Washington, DC 20210

  • Faxed to (202) 693-6505, ATTENTION: Office of External Enforcement (limit of 15 pages)


Regardless of how they are filed, all complaints must in writing, and must include the following information:

  • The name of and contact information for the complainant (the person alleging discrimination);
  • The name of and contact information for the entity that committed the alleged discrimination;
  • A description of the alleged discrimination in sufficient detail to allow a reader to understand what occurred;
  • When the act(s) occurred;
  • What the alleged basis of (reason for) the discrimination is (e.g., race, age, national origin); and
  • The signature of the complainant, or the signature of the complainant's authorized representative (if any).

CRC evaluates all incoming complaints to determine if the CRC can handle the complaint and whether it was filed in time.If CRC determines the complaint was not filed on time, or that CRC cannot process the complaint, the complaint will not be investigated. If CRC cannot process a complaint, CRC may suggest another office that could help.

If the complaint is accepted, an investigator is assigned. During this process, you may be requested to provide additional information. Based on what is found during the investigation, CRC will issue a written determination stating whether the law has been violated.