FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 29, 2015
CONTACT: Elliot Imse, Director of Policy and Communications – 202.481.3773; [email protected]
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today, the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR) released updated workplace posters that describe employee rights under the DC Human Rights Act, DC Family and Medical Leave Act and the Parental Leave Act. The three posters – which District employers are required to post in areas accessible to their employees under District law – explain the Acts to employees who otherwise may be unaware of workplace protections related to discrimination, the right to leave work for family or medical reasons, or the right to attend their children’s school-related activities.
“The Office of Human Rights continuously reaches out to employers and employees to ensure civil rights in the District are understood and respected,” said OHR Director Mónica Palacio. “Many people have told me these posters were the primary source for learning about their workplace rights, and these newly designed posters will make it even easier for people to learn about our non-discrimination and leave laws. These materials are just one piece in a much larger effort by OHR to implement Mayor Bowser’s vision of a city that ensures all its residents understand their rights and are treated fairly in the workplace.”
The workplace posters are available for download on the OHR website at ohr.dc.gov/page/workplaceposters. Employers displaying older versions of the posters are encouraged to replace them with the updated versions.
About the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights
The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR) was established to eradicate discrimination, increase equal opportunity and protect human rights for persons who live in or visit the District of Columbia. The agency enforces local and federal human rights laws, including the DC Human Rights Act, by providing a legal process to those who believe they have been discriminated against. OHR also proactively enforces human rights in the District through Director’s Inquiries, which allow it to identify and investigate practices and policies that may be discriminatory.