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Sexual Harassment Protections and Obligations

DC Government will not tolerate any acts of unlawful discrimination or harassment.  The District will lead by example, and is committed to providing employees, contractors, and the public with a safe environment.
Under the DC Human Rights Act, it is unlawful for an employer or employee in the District to create a hostile environment based on any protected characteristic covered in the law.

The DC Department of Human Resources will ensure that every DC Government employee is clear about the expectations, policies, and laws relating to unlawful discrimination or harassment. To do this, DCHR:

  • Distributed the updated Mayor’s Order;
  • Identified a Sexual Harassment Officer (SHO) at every agency to investigate allegations of sexual harassment;
  • Trains all employees on related laws and policies; and
  • Provides response training for all managers and supervisors.

Sexual harassment violates the District's values, the DC Department of Human Resources takes all claims of harassment seriously, and will remain committed to providing a safe working environment for all employees.

About the Order

On December 18, 2017, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed an updated Mayor’s Order on sexual harassment that discusses, among other things, what constitutes sexual harassment, how to report and respond to sexual harassment, and various protections available to employees involved in a sexual harassment complaint.  All District Government employees have received a copy of this policy and have received clear guidance that sexual harassment is strictly prohibited in District government.

Copies of the Mayor’s Order putting forward this enhanced policy is attached at the bottom of this page.

How to File a Complaint

If you are a victim of sexual harassment, use the link below to file your claim with the Office of Human Rights.


Follow these instructions to log in to SkillPort Login
Once you log in, search for the two trainings by key word 'harassment'

  • Sexual Harassment Prevention for Employees
  • Workplace Harassment Prevention for Employees (ADA, Civil Rights Act, ADEA)