April 18, 2018
Federal and state law prohibit D.C. employers from discriminating against employees based on certain characteristics, such as race or religion. (To learn more, see our page on employment discrimination and harassment.)
In all 50 states, federal law makes it illegal to discriminate based on:
In addition, District of Columbia law also prohibits employment discrimination based on:
Federal antidiscrimination laws apply to Pennsylvania employers with 15 or more employees, with the following exceptions:
D.C.'s antidiscrimination law applies to all employers.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency that regulates workplace discrimination. You can contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by calling 800-669-4000 or check out its website at www.eeoc.gov. The website will help you locate an EEOC field office in D.C. (See our article on filing a discrimination claim with the EEOC.)
The Office of Human Rights enforces state antidiscrimination law in the District of Columbia. You can contact the Office of Human Rights at 202-727-4559 or go to its website.