Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter II. Affirmative Action in District Government Employment.


§ 1–521.01. Goal; “available work force” defined.

The goal of affirmative action in employment throughout the District government is, and must continue to be, full representation, in jobs at all salary and wage levels and scales, in accordance with the representation of all groups in the available work force of the District of Columbia, including, but not limited to, Blacks, Whites, Spanish-speaking Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, females, and males. As used in §§ 1-521.01 to 1-521.08, “available work force” means the total population of the District of Columbia between the ages of 18 and 65.


(May 6, 1976, D.C. Law 1-63, § 2, 22 DCR 6538.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-507.

1973 Ed., § 1-320a.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-607.01 and § 1-632.06.

Cross References

Merit system, continuation of existing laws, see § 1-632.06.

Merit system, equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, see § 1-607.01.


§ 1–521.02. Agency affirmative action plan — Development; submission.

Every District government agency shall develop and submit to the Mayor and Council an affirmative action plan. Such plan shall be submitted within 12 calendar weeks after May 6, 1976, and each year thereafter, at the time each agency’s annual budget is submitted to the Council.


(May 6, 1976, D.C. Law 1-63, § 3, 22 DCR 6538.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-508.

1973 Ed., § 1-320b.


§ 1–521.03. Agency affirmative action plan — Goal of representation; actual employment levels.

(a) Each plan shall state the number of females and males who are Black, White, Spanish-speaking, Native American, and Asian American, who would, by using the goal of their representation in the available work force in the District, be employed by the agency at the actual employment levels in the agency at the time the plan is submitted. Such numbers shall be broken down:

(1) Agency wide;

(2) Within each office in the agency; and

(3) Within each pay level of each salary scale in the agency.

(b) These shall be the goals, not the quotas, of the plan. The plan shall also state the actual employment levels in the agency, broken down in the same way as the goals, and the difference between the actual employment and the goals.


(May 6, 1976, D.C. Law 1-63, § 4, 22 DCR 6539.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-509.

1973 Ed., § 1-320c.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-521.04 and § 1-521.05.


§ 1–521.04. Agency affirmative action plan — Projections of hires and promotions for period of plan.

The plan shall state the number of hires and promotions the agency projects for the period until the next plan is submitted, and the number of hires and promotions of the groups enumerated in § 1-521.03, projected for that period. Such projections shall be broken down in the manner provided in § 1-521.03.


(May 6, 1976, D.C. Law 1-63, § 5, 22 DCR 6539.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-510.

1973 Ed., § 1-320d.


§ 1–521.05. Agency affirmative action plan — Program for securing equal employment opportunity.

The plan shall further state what actions the agency is taking to secure the equal employment opportunity within the agency of the groups enumerated in § 1-521.03, and of the aging, the young, persons with disabilities, and the homosexual citizens of the District, whether such citizens be actual or potential employees of the District government.


(May 6, 1976, D.C. Law 1-63, § 6, 22 DCR 6539; Sept. 26, 2012, D.C. Law 19-169, § 3, 59 DCR 5567.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-511.

1973 Ed., § 1-320e.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-521.07.

Effect of Amendments

The 2012 amendment by D.C. Law 19-169 substituted “persons with disabilities” for “the handicapped.”

Editor's Notes

Section 35 of D.C. Law 19-169 provided that no provision of the act shall impair any right or obligation existing under law.


§ 1–521.06. Continuing responsibility of agencies for equal employment opportunity.

Equal employment opportunity is a continuing responsibility of every agency, whether or not the hiring and promotion goals in affirmative action employment plans have been reached.


(May 6, 1976, D.C. Law 1-63, § 7, 22 DCR 6540.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-512.

1973 Ed., § 1-320f.


§ 1–521.07. Agency affirmative action plan; number of hires, promotions and terminations during period of plan.

The plan shall further state the number of hires, promotions, and terminations (due to retirement, death, reductions in service or force, lack of performance, disciplinary action, and all other reasons), and indicate the permanent, temporary, or probationary status of the terminated employees of, and personnel grievance and equal employment complaints instituted by, persons known to be members of the various classes specified in § 1-521.05, during the period since the previously submitted plan.


(May 6, 1976, D.C. Law 1-63, § 8, 22 DCR 6540.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-513.

1973 Ed., § 1-320g.


§ 1–521.08. Detail by Mayor of nonuniformed equal employment opportunity officers and specialists to Office of Human Rights; limitation; uniformed positions unaffected.

The Mayor shall have the authority and is directed to detail, on a full-time basis, all persons who, on May 6, 1976, are employed, on a full-time basis, as nonuniformed equal employment opportunity officers and equal employment opportunity specialists by any agency of the District government other than the Office of Human Rights, to work in the Office of Human Rights as investigators or in other positions, all directly involved in the decision of equal employment opportunity cases instituted against the District government or any of its agencies. No person so detailed shall work on cases instituted against the agency from which the person is detailed. The Mayor shall assign such details on May 6, 1976. The positions which such persons hold shall be transferred to the budget of the Office of Human Rights in and for Fiscal Year 1977. The Metropolitan Police Department and the Fire Department are not authorized by this section to abolish, leave unfilled, or reduce the authority or duties of any uniformed equal employment opportunity officer or specialist position. This section shall not be construed to affect any uniformed position in the District government.


(May 6, 1976, D.C. Law 1-63, § 9, 22 DCR 6540; Apr. 6, 1977, D.C. Law 1-100, § 2, 23 DCR 8730.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-514.

1973 Ed., § 1-320h.