Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance & Training
The Office of Human Rights (OHR) is charged with assisting District government agencies in developing, monitoring, reviewing, and enforcing Equal Employment Opportunity policies, procedures and Affirmative Action Plans as set forth in DC Official Code § 1-521.01. As part of this role, OHR reviews Affirmative Action Plans in contracts valued in excess of $10,000 with the DC government to ensure compliance.
Any District employee who feels he or she has been discriminated against must consult an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Counselor within 180 calendar days of the occurrence of the alleged unlawful discriminatory practice or within 180 calendar days of his or her discovery of the occurrence, except in the case of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment complaints may be filed directly with OHR.
Select the link below to locate an EEO Counselor:
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Training
OHR also provides various free EEO-related training sessions to DC government agencies and private sector entities within the District of Columbia. The session categories are as follows:
Basic EEO Training
The Office of Human Rights (OHR) provides basic EEO training that can be tailored for both managers and/or employees. This training provides an overview of the workplace EEO laws that cover all employees. In addition, attendees will learn about the specific EEO laws enforced by the District of Columbia including the Human Rights Act and the District of Columbia Family and Medical Leave Act. This training consists of a lecture and film to help managers and employees comply with the guidelines that constitute non-discriminatory behavior in the workplace.
OHR provides diversity training for managers and employees. This training is designed to increase participant awareness of the impact diversity has on the workplace. Attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on their own stereotypes and biases through group interaction, while gaining an understanding of how stereotypes and biases affect behavior. This training can be tailored to include a focus on cultural competency and complying with the Districts' Language Access Act. The film and discussion provide specific case studies to illustrate the provisions of the Act.
Sexual Harassment Training
OHR also provides sexual harassment training for managers and employees. The training is centered on the provisions of the District of Columbia's sexual harassment policy. Attendees have the opportunity to learn what constitutes sexual harassment while learning how to recognize the different types of sexual harassment. Through film and thought-provoking case studies, this interactive training provides real world examples of how sexual harassment manifests itself in the workplace. Upon completion of the session, attendees will receive practical suggestions for preventing sexual harassment in the workplace.
Scheduled by request only, the training sessions for District agencies are typically conducted in the Mayor's Conference Center located at 441 4th Street, NW. This location can accommodate up to 100 attendees. Private sector training can be conducted at the company's site or venue of choice. Sessions are typically conducted in two hour increments and can be modified to meet the specific needs of the agency.
To schedule training or learn more about availability, select the "Training Request Form" link below. Attendees can also contact Tecora Martin via email at Tecora.Martin@dc.gov.