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The District’s progressive Human Rights Act, and the extensive list of protected classes, makes the nation’s capital an attractive and more livable city since it seeks to eradicate discrimination, and promotes fairness and equality in key areas that impact quality of life: employment, education and housing. A core function of OHR is to investigate individual complaints of discrimination filed with the agency.

OHR offices are now open to the public, starting July 12, 2021.

Beginning July 12, 2021, OHR is open and operational. OHR’s physical location at the Marion S. Barry Jr. Building is now open to the public from 8:30 am – 5pm, Monday through Friday and will resume most in-person services. The agency will also continue to offer a number of core services via telephone and video conferencing to the public until further notice.

What else are we offering to meet your needs? 

  • Discrimination Complaint Submission: As of July 12, 2021, discrimination complaint questionnaires may be submitted to OHR in the following ways:
  • Filing by Mail: OHR will continue to determine the date of receipt of complaints received via mail by using the postal date stamp plus five business days or the date of signature on the complaint plus five business days. The OHR Director retains discretion to amend these rules as necessary.
  • Intake Interview: As of July 12, 2021, intake interviews can be scheduled to be conducted in-person, telephonically or via video conference.
  • Notarization: Complainants are not required to notarize the Charge of Discrimination but Charges must still be verified and signed by the Complainant under penalty of perjury.
  • Mediation Conference: As of July 12, 2021, parties scheduled for mediation will be offered the option to participate in their session in-person or via video conference. For more information about your mediation session, contact [email protected].
  • Commission on Human Rights Hearings: Commission hearings will continue to be held virtually. For more information about cases at the Commission or hearing dates, contact [email protected]
  • Case Status Updates: Parties to a case under investigation at OHR may inquire into their case status by emailing [email protected] or their case assigned Human Rights Officer.

How does this impact our physical locations? 

OHR’s main location at 441 4th St NW, Suite 570 North, Washington, DC 20001 is open to the public. In accordance with the City Administrators Order 2021-2 (CAO-2021-2) Mask Requirements for District Government Employees and Contractors and for Persons Inside District Government Buildings, OHR will adhere to all mask-wearing guidance in its service delivery.

Where should you go if you have questions? 

For questions about any of the services we provide and information on any future changes, please contact us at 202-727-4559 or email [email protected]. For more information, please visit coronavirus.dc.gov

Who Can File a Complaint

You may file a discrimination complaint if you believe you have been discriminated against in employment, housing, public accommodations and educational institutions based on a protected trait in DC. You can also file a complaint based on language access services denied at a government agency, an employer who improperly asked about your criminal record during the application or interview process, or discrimination by a taxi or vehicle-for-hire. Other helpful facts include:

  • You do not have to be a District of Columbia resident, but the alleged discrimination must have taken place in the District of Columbia.
  • Your complaint must be filed with OHR within one year of the occurrence or discovery of the alleged act.
  • DC government employees alleging employment discrimination must first consult an Equal Employment Opportunity counselor in any agency.The EEO counselor has 30 calendar days in which to seek a solution on an informal basis. You may file formal charges with the Office within 15 calendar days of your final interview with the EEO counselor.
  • Federal employees alleging employment discrimination should consult with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at www.eeoc.gov.

How to File a Complaint

To file a complaint with the Office of Human Rights (OHR), simply complete an intake questionnaire and submit it to OHR.  Please select from the list below the intake questionnaire that pertains to your complaint. You may choose to fill out forms online or using the print version; both may be submitted online. Before completing the intake questionnaire, please review the “Who Can File” section below. 
 

Employment

Housing

Educational Institutions

Places of Public Accommodation

Language Access Public Complaint Form  

Fair Credit in Employment Complaint Form   

To file a complaint because you believe an employer or potential employer asked about or relied on your credit information when making employment decisions for current or potential employees, please see our Fair Credit in Employment Complaint Form.

Fair Criminal Record Screening for Housing Complaint Form    

To file a complaint because you believe an rental housing provider improperly asked about your criminal background during the application review process, did not provide you with eligibility criteria used to consider your application before accepting an application fee or because a conditional housing offer was withdrawn after criminal convictions were discovered, please see our Criminal Background and Screening Complaint Form.

Fair Criminal Record Screening for Employment Complaint Form    

To file a complaint because you believe an employer improperly asked about your criminal background during the application or interview process, or because a conditional job offer was revoked after criminal convictions were discovered, please see our Criminal Background and Screening Complaint Form.

Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Complaint Form  

To file a complaint because an employer failed to provide reasonable workplace accommodations for employees whose ability to perform job duties is limited because of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or a related medical condition, please see our Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act information page.

Unemployed Anti-Discrimination Act Complaint Form

To file a complaint because you believe an employer failed or refused to consider you for employment because you were unemployed, please see our Unemployed Anti-Discrimination Act information page.

Taxicab or Vechile-for-Hire Discrimination Complaints  

If you believe you were discriminated against by a taxi driver, vehicle-for-hire driver or related company while in the District of Columbia, you can file a complaint with both the DC Taxicab Commission and the DC Office of Human Rights by completing an online form. To file a complaint, please read our Taxicab and Vehicle-for-Hire Complaint page. 

 

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