Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Project

Matthew K. Handley Project Director  
Dennis Corkery Senior Staff Attorney  
Samantha Weaver Paralegal  

Established in 1971 as the Committee’s first project, the Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) Project challenges all forms of illegal discrimination in the workplace. Since its inception, the Project has been on the forefront of upholding and expanding federal, state, and local EEO laws and has filed hundreds of cases and more than 60 class actions.  The EEO Project’s work counseling and representing members of protected classes has helped thousands of area workers to attain justice and receive monetary and injunctive relief.

One of the Project’s first campaigns was on behalf of African Americans seeking employment during the construction of the D.C. Metro system, just as Congress was poised to enact major new legislation providing federal, state, and local workers with their first meaningful protections against employment discrimination.  Working with a coalition of community organizations, the Committee initiated an extensive litigation campaign challenging denials of training and job referrals by unions and contractors throughout the region.  The newly created EEO Project won precedent-setting victories in several major lawsuits, opened significant employment opportunities for African Americans and laid the groundwork for dozens of major cases on behalf of federal workers.

Project Activities

The Project currently has an active docket of cases pending in federal and state courts in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.  Current clients have claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other federal and state laws, involving sexual harassment, racial harassment, racially discriminatory non-promotion and other employment actions, pregnancy discrimination, disability discrimination, national origin discrimination and retaliation.  The Project advocates on behalf of private sector and federal and other government sector employees, and in courts, administrative tribunals and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.  Over the years, the Project’s work has expanded into new and emerging areas, including cases alleging violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and local laws protecting people with criminal records.

In addition to litigating its ongoing docket of cases, the Project receives between 500 and 1,000 requests for legal assistance each year, each of which Project staff reviews and investigates in order to provide advice, representation and/or referrals to the individuals seeking assistance.  The Project also uses its employment law expertise to submit amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs and to conduct trainings and outreach on workers’ rights and employment discrimination litigation.

With the assistance of law firms and members of the private bar working pro bono, the Project has achieved landmark precedents and monetary verdicts, and has increased employment and economic opportunities for thousands of people of color, women, people with disabilities, and members of other protected groups.

General Employment Law Sites

Probono.net/dc — join the employment practice area
Employment Law Case Reports (Clearinghouse)
Government Accountability Project -legal center for government whistleblowers
National Employment Lawyers Association – NELA
National Employee Rights Institute – Workplace Fairness
“Overview of Employment Law (Cornell)”:


Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
–> An article on Congress Woman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s advocacy for workers rights.
D.C. Council Page – Legislation, Contact Info
Elected Officials in DC
ANC Chairpersons
D.C. Government
D.C. Department of Employment Services
D.C. Voter Registration
FOIA Contacts at All Federal Agencies
Labor Market Information – D.C.

Americans With Disabilities Act

ADA Information at the Department of Justice
ADA Technical Assistance Program
Bazelon Center’s ADA Site focus on mental disabilities
Job Accommodation Network
Rights of the Disabled

Child Labor

Child Labor Laws
U.S. DOL Wage & Hour Division Youth Page

D.C. Government Employees

Department of Human Resources
Public Employees Relations Board
Workers’ Compensation
D.C. Public Schools Employees – Human Resources


D.C. Office of Human Rights
EEOC Home Page
–>EEOC Poster
–>EEOC Aviso En Español
Employment Discrimination
Federal Employees’ EEO Complaint Processing Information
Filing a Charge
Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices

Equal Pay

Equal Pay Act

Family & Medical Leave (FMLA)

D.C. Office of Human Rights
Department of Labor Info on FMLA
National Partnership for Women & Families FMLA Page

Federal Contractors

Davis-Bacon (construction) and Related Acts
–>Davis-Bacon Poster
Office of Federal Contract Compliance (U.S. Department of Labor)
The McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act
–>Service Contract Act Poster

Federal Employees

EEOC: Basic Information About Federal Discrimination Complaints
Merit Systems Protection Board
Retirement Information: OPM
Unemployment Compensation
U.S. Government Manual – lists all federal agencies and contacts
Workers’ Compensation
Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board

Health Insurance

Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration Home Page

Job Training & Job Search

Women in Apprenticeships and Non-Traditional Occupations
Workforce Investment Act

Law Firms' Labor & Employement Postings


Miscellaneous Workplace Laws

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (Lie Detector Tests)

License & Property Searches 

District of Columbia
DC License Information

Operating Engineers Search – steam and other operating engineers (building management, building engineers)
Plumber License Search – plumbers and plumbing companies
Professional Engineers & Land Surevyors
Real Estate Agent
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Search – individuals and companies
D.C. Corporate Information Search – you must register for an account in order to use this service.
D.C. Real Property Ownership Search – search for the owner of a particular piece of property in D.C. Also includes recently assessed values. 

Maryland License Search
 – Includes electrician, plumbing, HVACR, home improvement, and out-of-state corporations license search.

Maryland Corporate Information Search
Maryland Real Property Ownership Search (You must know the county. If you are unsure, consult the map and list of Maryland counties in the Wikipedia online encyclopedia, or try all of the following counties which are near to D.C.: Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard, Anne Arundel, Frederick, Baltimore, Charles and Calvert.) 

Virginia Construction Licenses

Virginia Corporation Information Search.
Virginia Real Property Search works on a county by county basis.
If you are unsure, consult the Virginia county map and list of counties and unincorporated cities.
Alexandria, City of
Arlington County
Fairfax County
Loudon County

Pension & Retirement 

U.S. DOL – Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration
Women and Pensions: What Women Need to Know and Do

Safety & Health

AFL-CIO Safety and Health
Center to Protect Workers’ Rights – Hazard Alerts
Cornell’s U.S. Workplace Safety and Health Law
Maryland Occupational Safety and Health


D.C. Tax Forms
Tax Help for Low-Income People, Call (800) 829-1040.

Unemployment Compensation

U.S. Unemployment Compensation Law
U.S. Department of Labor UI Page

Unions & Organizing

AFL-CIO Organizing
IGC: LaborNet

Wages & Hours

Maryland Wage and Hour Information
Minimum Wage Laws in the States
U.S. Department of Labor: Wage & Hour Division
–>Minimum Wage Poster
–>Timesheet Application: An app for employees to independently track the hours they work and determine the wages they are owed/Una aplicación que permite a los empleados capturar independientemente las horas trabajadas y determinar el pago que deben recibir. 

Welfate to Work

D.C. Department of Human Services
U.S. Department of Labor Welfare to Work

Workers' Compensation

AFL-CIO Hurt on the Job
D.C. Workers’ Compensation (private sector)
Maryland Workers’ Compensation Information
U.S. Workers Compensation Law (federal workers – Cornell)

Materiales en Español

Departamento de Trabajo
AFL-CIO en Español
EEOC Aviso (Discriminacion)
FMLA Aviso
Usted Tiene El Derecho A Trabajar
Protección para Empleados Contra Abusos del Examen Poligráfico (Aviso)
Voting & Elections in D.C. – info in Spanish

OSHA en Español

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White Pages – People Search – People S – the Superpages is one of the more up-to-date people searchers on the internet.
Yellow Pages – Superpages for business information.
Zip Code Look Up

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DC’s Mayor Appointees
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DC Freedom of Information Act
Ward Maps
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Property Search in DC
D.C. Code Online

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