EEOC Referral and Deferral Agencies

A. Referral Agencies for Age Discrimination Claims

The EEOC regulation covering age discrimination referral agencies states:

  • The Commission may refer all charges to any appropriate State agency and will encourage State agencies to refer charges to the Commission in order to assure that the prerequisites for private lawsuits, as set out in section 14(b) of the Act, are met. Charges so referred shall be deemed to have been filed with the Commission in accordance with the specifications contained in Sec. 1626.7(b). The Commission may process any charge at any time, notwithstanding provisions for referral to and from appropriate State agencies.
  • States to which all ADEA charges may be referred: Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Utah, Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
  • States to which only specified classes of charges are referred: Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Washington.

B. Deferral Agencies for Claims of Discrimination based on Race, Color, Sex, National Origin, Religion, and Disability

This is the complete list as of August 17, 2005:

  • Alaska Commission for Human Rights
  • Alexandria (VA) Human Rights Office
  • Anchorage (AK) Equal Rights Commission
  • Arizona Civil Rights Division
  • Arlington County (VA) Human Rights Commission
  • Austin Human Relations Commission
  • Baltimore (MD) Community Relations Commission
  • Broward County (FL) Human Relations Commission
  • California Department of Fair Employment and Housing
  • Clearwater (FL) Office of Community Relations
  • Colorado Civil Rights Division
  • Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunity
  • Corpus Christi (TX) Human Relations Commission
  • Dade County (FL) Fair Housing and Employment Commission
  • Delaware Department of Labor
  • District of Columbia Office of Human Rights
  • East Chicago (IN) Human Rights Commission
  • Fairfax County (VA) Human Rights Commission
  • Florida Commission on Human Rights
  • Fort Wayne (IN) Metropolitan Human Relations Commission
  • Fort Worth (TX) Human Relations Commission
  • Gary (IN) Human Relations Commission
  • Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Howard County (MD) Office of Human Rights
  • Idaho Human Rights Commission
  • Illinois Department of Human Rights
  • Indiana Civil Rights Commission
  • Iowa Civil Rights Commission
  • Jacksonville (FL) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Kansas Commission on Civil Rights
  • Lexington-Fayette (KY) Urban County Human Rights Commission
  • Louisville and Jefferson County Human Relations Commission
  • Maine Human Rights Commission
  • Maryland Commission on Human Relations
  • Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
  • Michigan Department of Civil Rights
  • Minneapolis (MN) Department of Civil Rights
  • Minnesota Department of Human Rights
  • Missouri Commission on Civil Rights
  • Montana Human Rights Division
  • Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission
  • Nevada Commission on Equal Rights of Citizens
  • New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights
  • New Hanover Human Relations Commission
  • New Jersey Division on Civil Rights
  • New Mexico Human Rights Commission
  • New York City (NY) Commission on Human Rights
  • New York State Division on Human Rights
  • Ohio Civil Rights Commission
  • Oklahoma Human Rights Commission
  • Omaha (NE) Human Relations Department
  • Oregon Bureau of Labor
  • Orlando (FL) Human Relations Department
  • Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission
  • Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations
  • Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations
  • Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources
  • Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights
  • St. Louis (MO) Civil Rights Enforcement Agency
  • St. Petersburg (FL) Human Relations Department
  • Seattle (WA) Human Rights Commission
  • South Bend (IN) Human Rights Commission
  • South Carolina Human Affairs Commission
  • South Dakota Division of Human Rights
  • Tacoma (WA) Human Relations Division
  • Tennessee Human Rights Commission
  • Texas Commission on Human Rights
  • Utah Industrial Commission, Anti-Discrimination Division
  • Vermont Attorney General’s Office, Civil Rights Division
  • Virgin Islands Department of Labor
  • Washington Human Rights Commission
  • West Virginia Human Rights Commission
  • Wisconsin Equal Rights Division, Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations
  • Wyoming Fair Employment Practices Commission