Filing A Charge

Please note that as of January 18, 2017, the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices has been renamed the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER).

Individuals who believe they have suffered discrimination may call the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section's (IER) toll-free Worker Hotline at 1-800-255-7688 [Voice] or 1-800-237-2515 [TTY].

IER staff members (who have access to language interpreters) can help workers by calling employers and explaining proper verification practices and, when necessary, by providing individuals who may be victims of discrimination with charge forms. IER investigations typically take no longer than 7 months from receipt of a charge of discrimination. If a violation has been found, victims may obtain various types of relief, including job relief and back pay.

If IER does not have a charge form in your language, you can send us information about yourself and what happened to you in whatever language you prefer.  On this page you will find instructions on how to send IER information by mail, fax, or email.  IER will translate the information that you send us into English.  IER can also contact you in your preferred language if IER has any questions for you. 

To file a charge electronically

You may continue to file charges using a charge form containing IER's previous name, the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices. You may complete and submit a charge form electronically by selecting the language of your choice: 

English

Spanish (español)

Arabic (العربية)

Chinese (中文)

French (français)

Haitian Creole (Kreyòl Ayisyen)

Korean (한국어)

Portuguese (português)

Russian (Pусский)

Tagalog

Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt)

To file a charge by mail, fax, or email

You may continue to file charges using a charge form containing IER's previous name, the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices. You may also print and complete one of the PDF versions of the charge form below, and submit it by mail, fax, or email.

English

Spanish (español)

Arabic (العربية)

Chinese (中文)

French (français)

Haitian Creole (Kreyòl Ayisyen)

Korean (한국어)

Portuguese (português)

Russian (Pусский)

Tagalog

Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt)

To file a charge by mail

Immigrant and Employee Rights Section
Civil Rights Division
US Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (NYA)
Washington, DC 20530

To file a charge by fax

Fax: 202-616-5509

To file a charge by email

You may also print and sign the charge form and send it as an email attachment to our IER mailbox at: IER@usdoj.gov.

Filing supporting documents

Should you wish to supplement your charge form with supporting documents or attachments, you may do so by email, mail, or fax, as outlined above.   If you have received a reference number from IER, please include that number when transmitting attachments or documents relating to your form.

Resources

Direct Office Line: 202-616-5594
Worker Hotline: 1-800-255-7688
Employer Hotline: 1-800-255-8155
Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-800-237-2515

Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

Updated October 3, 2017