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Office of Human Rights Launches New E-Learning Program

Thursday, February 19, 2009
Free training will be offered on Diversity and Equal Employment in DC.

Today, the DC Office of Human Rights (OHR) announces its new online Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) training as part of the agency’s E-Learning program. The training is free and available not only to District government employees, but to the general public. The online Diversity and EEO training is comprised of five (5) modules, each about 10-minutes in length. The training is interactive, scenario-based, and provides crucial information about diversity in the workplace and the importance of fairness and equal treatment. The training is also specially designed to improve the knowledge of employers and workers throughout the District about discrimination; moreover, it gives specific information on how to confront discrimination and what steps to take if someone believes that they are being discriminated against at work.

The District of Columbia is one of the most diverse cities in the United States; it is comprised of people from many cultures, backgrounds, and walks of life. The workforce is as diverse as the city’s resident population.  OHR is committed not only to enforce anti-discrimination laws and policies in the nation’s capital, but it is dedicated in promoting tolerance, equality and fairness by training the city’s workforce. The E-Learning program contributes to the agency’s mission of eradicating discrimination by notifying District employers and employees of their rights and obligations under the DC Human Rights Act and other anti-discrimination policies. In addition to helping people understand concepts of diversity and discrimination, the training provides information about the services provided by the OHR.

As we strive to be the nation’s model of a diverse and fair workforce, we specifically encourage DC Government employees to participate in this exciting endeavor. Upon completion of the Program, DC Government employees will be able to view and print a Certificate of Completion. In the months ahead, the OHR will work with DC government agencies to establish a timeline for the completion of the online training. The program is also available free of charge to private employers, private workers, and DC residents.

To learn more about the E-Learning modules or to take the program, visit: