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The Office of Human Rights (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. 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. In addition to those local laws, being a Fair Employment Practice Agency (FEPA), and a Fair Housing Assistance Program agency (FHAP), the OHR investigates and adjudicates complaints of discrimination filed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Equal Employment Opportunity Act), Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), the American with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.