What is Discrimination?
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:
- Sex or Gender (including sexual harassment)
- National Origin
- Marital Status
- Familial Status (in cases of housing discrimination only)
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender Identity
- Transgender Status
If you suspect you are being illegally discriminated against, contact the office at 703-746-3140, or fill out an intake form.
For more information on discrimination in the workplace, visit the EEOC’s website .
Harassment is a form of discrimination that involves unwanted and offensive conduct that is directed at you because of your race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital status, familial status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or transgender status.
Harassment can include:
- Slurs or epithets
- Threatening acts
- Posting of offensive materials on walls, bulletin boards, e-mail, or social media
To be considered harassment, conduct must:
- Be serious or frequent enough to create a hostile environment; and
- Interfere with your ability to work, live, or enjoy a public place