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EEO - Retaliation: District of Columbia

EEO - Retaliation requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Justin Sheldon and Leslie Paul Machado


  • Employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees for filing or participating in a claim or charge of discrimination or harassment pursuant to the District of Columbia Human Rights Act (DCHRA). See Retaliation Under the District of Columbia Human Rights Act.
  • To prove retaliation under the DCHRA, an employee must prove the same elements required to prove a Title VII retaliation claim. See Establishing a Claim of Retaliation.
  • Individuals may be liable for retaliation under the DCHRA. See Liability.
  • An individual who is successful in retaliation claim can receive monetary awards, job reinstatement, promotions as well as other remedies. See Penalties and Remedies.