Human Rights and Equity Programs - Equity Programs Division
Fairfax County Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs, Equity Programs Division promotes diversity and recognition of the county as an equal opportunity employer through continuing working relationship with boards, commissions and other public, private and employee organizations with similar interests. Fairfax County is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veterans’ status or disabled veterans’ status.
Equity Programs Division provides programs and services including training, mediation, investigation, diversity awareness, statistical reporting and community liaison. Equity Programs investigates county employment discrimination complaints as well as citizen allegations of discriminatory treatment by County agencies.
Fairfax County has two complaint procedures providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints by citizens alleging any discrimination action prohibited by Federal, State and local law or policy. The Citizen Complaint Form for Allegations of Discrimination is to be utilized for filing complaints of discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual harassment, race, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, color, political affiliation and veteran’s status. Fairfax County Government’s Complaint Procedure under the Americans with Disabilities Act addresses allegations of disability discrimination. Under this procedure you will need to complete a form as identified in that procedure.
Job applicants who are not currently employed by Fairfax County and believe that his/her non-selection for employment is due to alleged discriminatory reasons, may file an applicant right of appeal. Please contact staff from the Fairfax County Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs for further information and to obtain copies of the appropriate procedure.
While Equity Programs Division is county-wide, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the national administrator of employment complaints that involve discrimination, including discrimination because of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex or a disability. For complaints regarding the accessibility of Fairfax County Government facilities, programs or services individuals should file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice under Title II of the Americans with Disability Act.
In addition, Equity Programs Division sponsors the Barbara Varon Volunteer Award, which recognizes a county resident whose dedication to improving the community through volunteer service honors the memory of Barbara Varon, former chair of the Fairfax County Electoral Board. Nominations for this award are accepted every year until the second week in June. The award is presented by the Board of Supervisors during the monthly meeting in October.
For information or to file a complaint, write to the Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs, Equity Programs Division, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Va. 22035 or call 703-324-2207, FAX 703-324-3305, TTY 703-222-5494.