(Washington, DC) The District Office of Human Rights (OHR) issued its Fiscal Year 2006 Annual Report, highlighting the agency’s work from October 1, 2005, through September 30, 2006. The report includes statistics about complaints received by the agency, as well as information regarding the agency’s accomplishments.
Over the course of FY 2006, the OHR reduced the inventory of aged cases. In FY 2004, the last year the agency presented an annual report, OHR had a pending inventory of 240 aged cases which were cases in investigation more than 270 days. At the end of FY 2006, the pending inventory of aged cases was reduced to 103 complaints, or a reduction of 57%.
Mediation continued to be a successful tool for the disposition of cases for the agency. In FY 2006, the mediation unit successfully processed 110 out of 426 cases. As result, complainants earned more than $1.3 million dollars in damages. These successful mediations allowed the OHR to dismiss 25.8% of newly docketed cases, saving complainants and agency staff time and expense in pursuing claims.
In FY 2006, individuals presented 504 complaints to the OHR of which 423 were docketed for investigation. At the beginning of the year, there were 416 cases pending in the OHR’s inventory and 363 pending cases remaining at the end of the fiscal year. During the course of FY 2006, the OHR closed 458 cases.
In Fiscal Year 2006, the Human Rights Act was expanded to protect individuals from discrimination based on their gender identity or expression and to protect individuals from providing their DNA information as a condition for employment or obtaining insurance. Already, the agency has seen complaints docketed based on these new categories.
Further, the Human Rights Commission promulgated new rules and regulations that implement the newly enacted “gender identity or expression” amendments to the Human Rights Act. The rules went into effect on October 27, 2006.
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