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The Number of Protected Traits in DC Just Went Up to 23

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
New laws prohibit discrimination based on homeless status and sealed eviction record.

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The DC Office of Human Rights (OHR) began enforcing two new protected traits as of October 1, 2022.*  Through the enactment of the Human Rights Act Enhancement Amendment Act of 2022 (the “Act”) and the Eviction Record Sealing Authority and Fairness in Renting Amendment Act of 2022 (“ERSFRA”), homeless status and sealed eviction record were added as protected traits in the DC Human Rights Act, expanding the total number of protected traits to 23 in the District. You can find the list of all protected traits and their definitions on this handout or at this OHR webpage, which houses links to the handout translated into the top six non-English languages.