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Free Webinar on Assistance Animals in Public Accommodations and Housing on August 14

From guide dogs that help blind individuals navigate their surroundings, to cats that provide emotional support to people with depression, there are numerous types of assistance animals available to people with disabilities. However, federal laws governing the right to be accompanied by these animals in various settings can be confusing. This free session will help unravel the puzzle of what types of assistance animals are allowed in what settings. We will focus on the federal laws that prohibit differential treatment of those who use assistance animals in public accommodations and housing. ERC Disability Rights Program Manager Kat Taylor will be the presenter.

To register fot the free training, click here

ERC and WLC to host free workshop on women’s rights in the workplace July 30

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and the Equal Rights Center will be providing another free workshop on women’s rights in the workplace on July 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Anacostia Library in Southeast Washington, D.C. All are welcome to attend. 

Click here to download information about the training in English.

Click here to download information about the training in Spanish.

Freedom to Work report coverERC and Freedom to Work Release New Report Documenting Discrimination by Federal Contractors

In response to concerns regarding federal contractor discrimination against LGBT job applicants, the Equal Rights Center and Freedom to Work launched a testing-based investigation of eight federal contractors throughout the country. The investigation found that when applying to work for federal contractors, LGBT applicants were 23 percent less likely to receive a call-back than their non-LGBT counterpart, even when the LGBT applicant was more qualified than the non-LGBT applicant.


Click here to download a PDF of the report


For Civil Minds, the ERC's blog

Read the ERC's blog, For Civil Minds, to learn more about a variety of civil rights issues. The blog is updated frequently so remember to keep checking back for new stories and topics.

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MHRP Member JBG Recognized as a Top Workplace

Executive MHRP Member The JBG Companies was featured as the top Large Workplace in the Washington, D.C. area by The Washington Post. JBG was highlighted for their open door policy towards staff input and their dedication to their employees. JBG offers a 12-week paid maternity leave, as well as plenty of staff and family related events.

ERC Advocate of the Year Confirmed as HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

The Equal Rights Center applauds the recent confirmation of Gustavo Velasquez Aguilar as the next Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

MHRP Advisory Member Joins the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. recently joined the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington as an Allied Member, reaching nearly every major restaurant and foodservice partner throughout the Washington, D.C., Metro area. Steven Winter plans to utilize its membership to bring expert accessibility consulting services to meet the growing demands of the restaurant industry.

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