• Current through October 23, 2012

The purpose of the Office is to secure an end to unlawful discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and educational institutions for any reason other than that of individual merit. The Office shall seek to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (as defined in § 2-1401.02(12A)), familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, physical disability, source of income, and place of residence or business.

(Oct. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 13-38, § 203, 46 DCR 6373; Apr. 24, 2007, D.C. Law 16-305, § 12, 53 DCR 6198; June 25, 2008, D.C. Law 17-177, § 5, 55 DCR 3696.)


Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-305 substituted "disability" for "handicap".

D.C. Law 17-177 substituted "sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (as defined in § 2-1401.02(12A))" for "sexual orientation".

Emergency Act Amendments

For temporary (90-day) addition of subchapter IV, see notes following § 2- 1411.01.

Legislative History of Laws

For Law 13-38, see notes following § 2-1411.01.

For Law 16-305, see notes following § 2-301.07.

Law 17-177, the "Prohibition of Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Expression Amendment Act of 2008", was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 17-330, which was referred to the Committee on Workforce Development and Government Operations. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on February 5, 2008, and March 4, 2008, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on March 19, 2008, it was assigned Act No. 17-329 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 17-177 became effective on June 25, 2008.