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District of Columbia Government Agencies

Please select a topic below to jump directly to the corresponding agency:

1. Discrimination/Harassment

2. Safety & Health

3. Unemployment Insurance

4. Wage and Hour/Labor Standards Violations

5. Workers' Compensation

1. Discrimination/Harassment

For more information about filing a discrimination or harassment claim in District of Columbia, see filing a discrimination complaint: District of Columbia

Discrimination/Harassment - Local Agency

Office of Human Rights
441 4th Street, NW,
Suite 570 North
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 727-4559
Fax: (202) 727-9589
TTY:711
Email: ohr@dc.gov
Web Address: http://www.ohr.dc.gov/ohr/site/default.asp

Agency Information/Mission: The DC Office of Human Rights (OHR) helps settle complaints of unlawful discrimination in employment, housing, educational institutions, and places of public accommodations, such as restaurants, hospitals, financial institutions, and insurance companies. The agency works to settle the complaints through a process known as mediation. OHR will only mediate claims of discrimination within the jurisdiction of the District of Columbia. OHR also handles the complaints of District government employees alleging employment discrimination.

Discrimination/Harassment - Local Offices of Federal Agency (EEOC)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Washington Field Office

131 M Street, NE
Fourth Floor, Suite 4NWO2F
Washington, DC 20507-0100
Phone:1-800-669-4000
Fax: 202-419-0739
TTY:1-800-669-6820
Office Hours:8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Walk-in intake hours are Monday - Friday, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m

For more information about this agency, see the EEOC section of our page on federal agencies

2. Safety & Health (workplace health & safety complaints and information)

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
Baltimore/Washington Area Office

1099 Winterson Road
Suite 140
Linthicum, Maryland 21090
Phone: (410) 865-2055/2056
Fax: 410-865-2068

For more information about this agency, see the OSHA section of our page on federal agencies

3. Unemployment Insurance

DC Department of Employment Services
South Capitol One-Stop Career Center

CVS Pharmacy
4049 South Capitol St, SW
Washington, DC 20032
Main: (202) 645-4000
TTY: (202) 645-0022
Fax: (202) 645-5337

DC Department of Employment Services
Franklin Street One-Stop Career Center

1500 Franklin St, NE
Washington, DC 20001
Main: (202) 724-7000
TTY: (202) 576-8128
Fax: (202) 576-3103

DC Department of Employment Services
Naylor Road One-Stop Career Center

2626 Naylor Road, SE
Washington, DC 20020
Main:(202) 724-7000
TTY: (202) 645-0019
Fax: (202) 645-5246

DC Department of Employment
ServicesLink & Learn/IT Satellite One-Stop Career Center
401 M Street, SW
2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20024
Phone:(202) 727-0124
TTY:(202) 727-6702

DC Department of Employment Service
Metro Area One-Stop Career Center/MARC Center
800 North Capitol St., NW
Suite 640
Washington, DC 20001
Main:(202) 565-0001
TTY:(202) 535-2510
Fax:(202) 565-9873

Web Address: http://does.dc.gov/does/cwp/view,a,1232,q,537855,doesNav,|32062|.asp

Agency Information/Mission: The District of Columbia's Unemployment Compensation Program pays benefits to workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own, and who are ready, willing, and able to work. The program is administered by the Department of Employment Services (DOES) and financed by taxes paid by employers doing business in the District. No deductions are taken from workers' paychecks.

Claimant Eligibility

4. Wage and Hour/Labor Standards Violations

Wage and Hour/Labor Standards - Local Agency

DC Department of Employment Services
Office of Wage-Hour

77 P Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 671-1880
TDD: (202) 698-4817
Web Address: http://does.dc.gov/does/cwp/view,a,1232,q,537890.asp

Wage and Hour/Labor Standards - Local Office of Federal Agency (DOL)

U.S. Department of Labor

Baltimore District Office
2 Hopkins Plaza, Room 601
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 962-6211
1-866-4-USWAGE (1-866-487-9243)

Arlington Area Office
2300 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 503
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 235-1182
1-866-4-USWAGE (1-866-487-9243)

Hyattsville Area Office6525 Belcrest Road, Suite 250
Hyattsville, MD 20782
Phone: (301) 436-6767
1-866-4-USWAGE (1-866-487-9243)

For more information about this agency, see the U.S. Department of Labor section of our page on federal agencies

5. Workers' Compensation (for job-related injuries or illness)

DC Department of Employment Services
Labor Standards Bureau
Office of Workers' Compensation
4058 Minnesota Avenue, N.E., 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20019
Phone: (202) 671-1000
Web Address: http://does.dc.gov/

Agency Information/Mission: The Workers' Compensation Program processes claims and monitors the payment of benefits to injured private-sector employees in the District of Columbia. The office mediates disputes between claimants and employers (or their insurance carriers), and monitors employers to ensure compliance with insurance coverage requirements. The program also administers the special/second injury fund, which provides benefits in cases of uninsured employers or in instances where an injury combines with a pre-existing disability to cause a substantially greater disability. The Workers' Comp office also approves lump-sum settlements, assesses penalties and fines for non-compliance with the law, and monitors vocational rehabilitation.

Employee's Rights and Obligations
Employee's Claim Application

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