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Criminal Background Screening and Employment: Filing a Complaint

The Fair Criminal Record Screening Amendment Act of 2014 prohibits District employers with 11 or more employees from asking about arrests, criminal accusations, or criminal convictions on an application or during the interview process (exceptions apply). After a conditional job offer is made, an employer may ask about criminal conviction(s), but can only revoke the job offer or take an adverse action for a legitimate business purpose. To learn more about the law, the complaint process and what determines a legitimate business purpose, view the OHR Fact Sheet for Job Applicants. 
 
There are two types of criminal background-related complaints that can filed with OHR: Application Complaints (Type A) and Interview Process Complaints (Type B). If criminal background information was asked about on an application, file an Application Complaint (Type A). If criminal background information is asked about during the interview process or if you believe your conditional job offer was improperly revoked or adverse action was improperly taken because of your criminal conviction(s), file an Interview Process (Type B) complaint. 
 

Application Complaint (Type A)

Please submit this form when criminal background information was asked about on a job application.
 
Download the Type A Complaint form (PDF) and submit via one of the following methods:
  • Via email to [email protected];
  • In-person or via mail to DC Office of Human Rights, 441 4th Street NW, Suite 570N, Washington DC, 20001; or
  • Via fax to 202.727.9589. 

Interview Process Complaint (Type B)

Please submit this form when criminal background information was asked about during the interview process, or a conditional job offer was revoked or adverse action taken because of a criminal conviction(s).
 
Download the Type B Complaint form (PDF) and submit via one of the following methods:
  • Via email to [email protected];
  • In-person or via mail to DC Office of Human Rights, 441 4th Street NW, Suite 570N, Washington DC, 20001; or
  • Via fax to 202.727.9589. 

OHR will be in contact with you via email, phone or your mailing address after a complaint is submitted.