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Sexual Harassment Protections and Obligations

Given the much needed national discussion about sexual harassment and sexual violence, we want to take this moment to remind all DC Government managers and employees about our sexual harassment policies and the protections provided by District laws. At DC Government, we will not tolerate any acts of unlawful discrimination or harassment, we lead by example, and we are committed to providing employees, contractors, and the public with a safe environment.
 
We know that this topic can be difficult to talk about and address, but you are protected by the law and we are here to support you. 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.

We are going to ensure that every DC Government employee is clear about our expectations, policies, and laws. To do this, we:

  • distributed the updated Mayor’s Order that I signed this week;
  • will identify a highly skilled professional at every agency to be trained in investigating allegations of sexual harassment by January 18, 2018;
  • train all employees on related laws and policies by February 28, 2018; and
  • complete response training for all managers and supervisors by March 14, 2018.

Sexual harassment violates our DC values, we take all claims of harassment seriously, and we 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 clearly defines sexual harassment, reporting, protections, defenses, and available training. 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.

Training

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)
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