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Discrimination: District of Columbia

Discrimination requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Justin Sheldon and Leslie Paul Machado


  • The District of Columbia Human Rights Act (DCHRA) prohibits discrimination against current employees and job applicants by employers and individuals acting on behalf of an employer. See Discrimination Under the District of Columbia Human Rights Act.
  • There are a greater number of protected classes under the DCHRA than under federal antidiscrimination laws. See Protected Classes.
  • The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR) handles discrimination claims and all claims must be filed with the OHR within one year of the occurrence of the unlawful discriminatory practice, or the discovery of the unlawful discriminatory practice. See Filing Procedures and Administrative Remedies.
  • An individual who is successful in an employment discrimination claim can receive monetary awards, job reinstatement, promotions as well as other remedies. See Penalties and Remedies.