District of Columbia Diversity laws & HR compliance analysis

District of Columbia Diversity: What you need to know

The District of Columbia Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions, breastfeeding, or reproductive health disorders), age (18 years of age or older), marital status (including domestic partnership and parenthood), personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, disability, matriculation, or political affiliation (DC Code Sec. 2-1402.11 et seq.). Harassment based on a protected characteristic is included as a form of discrimination. The Act applies to all employers in the District, including employment agencies and labor unions.
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The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR) enforces the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, the District of Columbia Family and Medical Leave Act, the District of Columbia Parental Leave Act, and the District of Columbia Language Access Act. The OHR was established to eradicate discrimination, increase equal opportunity, and protect human rights for persons who live, work, or visit in the District of Columbia. In addition to enforcing civil rights laws and investigating complaints, the OHR conducts educational campaigns and initiatives to educate the public about civil and human rights and provides various free equal employment opportunity (EEO)-related training sessions to D.C. government agencies and private sector entities within the District of Columbia. For more information, go to http://ohr.dc.gov.
Last reviewed December 2016.

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District of Columbia Diversity Resources

Type Title
Handouts Workplace Diversity (Handout)
PowerPoints Managing Non-English-Speaking Employees
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