6 Facts You Should Know about Your Human Rights in DC

Bock Human Rights LiaisonBock Szymkowicz, career development specialist, recently earned his certificate as a Human Rights Liaison from the DC Office of Human Rights (OHR).

Bock is now a human rights resource to the Byte Back community, happy to help students by explaining how OHR works and or by assisting in filling out a complaint form, when necessary.

Discrimination is not always clear, which is why Bock’s training has helped him learn to identify discrimination. Bock and the Byte Back team are here to help you identify discrimination and protect you’re rights.

Here are six facts you should know about your human rights in DC:

  1. Discrimination is prohibited in housing, employment, public accommodations, and educational institutions.
  2. Employers can only ask about criminal conviction after a job offer is made. A job offer cannot be revoked, except for a legitimate business reason.
  3. If anyone is denied a job or a promotion based on one of the 19 protected traits, they can file a complaint with OHR.
  4. Filing a complaint with the DC Office of Human Rights is free.
  5. Your complaint can result in a mediation agreement, such as financial payments.
  6. If English is your second language and you need access to DC Government Services in person or by phone, you have the right to request an interpreter, regardless of the language you speak. You cannot be turned away based off your language alone.

To learn more about your rights, visit ohr.dc.gov.