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Employment

Man in grocery storeThe opportunity to seek and keep employment is a basic right of every individual in the United States. This right not only allows one to pursue a career of his/her choice, but grants one more diverse opportunities to choose where to live, where to send children for school, and the proximity to social and community activities.  

Employment protections encourage not only individual development, but the prosperity and health of our communities.  By encouraging a diverse working community, companies obtain a broader range of ideas and opinions, and thus are better able to capitalize on the diverse marketing opportunities that a multicultural consumer base provides.

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Freedom to Work report coverERC/Freedom to Work Federal Contractor Survey

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

UPDATE: New Dates for Women's Rights in the Workplace Presentations 

Want to speak with a lawyer about women’s rights in the workplace? Worried about keeping your job while pregnant? Sexually harassed? Paid less than male co-workers? Come to a FREE training by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee and the Equal Rights Center at a D.C. library branch. We have updated the dates for this summer's trainings! Follow the links below for details. 

Click here to download the PDF brochure in English.

Click here to download the PDF brochure in Spanish.  

Employment Pocket Toolkit

The ERC Employment Self-Advocacy Toolkit



If you have a disability, you are entitled to certain reasonable accommodations in your place of employment.  Learn what your rights are and how to advocate for them to create positive change in your employment.

Read an accessible version of the Americans with Disabilities Act Employment Toolkit >>

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For Civil Minds- the ERC's blog


Read the ERC's blog 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!

Download the ERC Employment Brochure



Learn more about your rights and what the ERC can do to help.  

Read an accessible version of the Fair Employment Brochure >>

Find an Office to File an Employment Complaint


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has offices across the country.  The ERC will help you file a complaint with the EEOC.

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