Unlawful discrimination occurs when a person is harassed or
treated arbitrarily or differently because of their membership in a
"protected class." A protected class is a group of people who share
common characteristics and are protected from discrimination and harassment by
federal, state, and/or local laws. The Alexandria
Human Rights Code recognizes the following protected classes:
(including sexual harassment)
Status (in cases of housing discrimination only)
Status (actual, regarded as having, and/or record of having a disability)
Alexandria Office of Human Rights enforces antidiscrimination laws in the City
of Alexandria by investigating alleged discrimination in:
(for more information, see here)
and religious accommodations
terms & conditions of employment
- Sale or
rental of housing
accommodations or modifications
for the purchase, building, renovation, or repair of housing
and use of goods and services
to and enjoyment of facilities and other privileges
places like restaurants, hotels, retail stores, gyms and theaters
and Social Services
to services, programs, benefits, facilities and other privileges
conditions, facilities, and other benefits
denial, or termination of credit-related services
It is illegal for an employer, housing provider, or other entity
covered by the Alexandria Code to take an adverse action against you for:
a discrimination complaint;
to a discriminatory practice; or
in an investigation of discrimination
Harassment is a form of discrimination that involves unwanted and
offensive conduct that is directed at you because of your race, religion,
gender, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, etc.
Harassment can include:
offensive materials on walls, bulletin boards, e-mail, etc.
To be considered harassment, conduct must:
serious and frequent enough to create a hostile environment; and
with your ability to work, live, or enjoy a public place
is Sexual Harassment?
harassment is unwanted and offensive verbal or physical conduct of a
- It can
include sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, offensive comments,
jokes or gestures, exposure to sexually suggestive pictures or other
objects, and physical touching or grabbing.
victim or harasser may be a woman or a man, and both victim and harasser
can be of the same gender.
If you suspect you are
being illegally discriminated against, contact the office at 703-746-3140, or fill
out an intake form.