Human Rights and Equity Programs

Fairfax County, Virginia



Our office is open 8AM-4:30PM. Telephone or videoconference intake appointments are strongly encouraged. For your convenience, our office accepts walk-ins for intake from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

703-324-2953 | TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 318
Fairfax, VA 22035

Kenneth Saunders, Director


The mission of the Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs (OHREP) is to ensure equal opportunity and to promote justice, diversity, and inclusiveness by protecting the civil rights of all in Fairfax County. OHREP receives and investigates complaints alleging violations of the Fairfax County Human Rights Ordinance and manages the County’s Fair Housing Plan. OHREP also administers the County’s Equal Employment Enforcement (EEO) program and ensures the County’s compliance with all federal, state, and county mandates granting equal access to all County services, programs and employment opportunities.

" institute an affirmative human rights program of positive efforts to eliminate discrimination and provide citizen recourse for discriminatory acts."



The Human Rights Division receives and investigates complaints filed by any person who believes they have been discriminated against in Fairfax County on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national origin in the areas of:

File a Complaint

Fairfax County provides for prompt resolution of complaints by individuals alleging discrimination based on age, sex, sexual harassment, race, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, color, political affiliation or veteran's in the provision of County services, activities, programs, or benefits.

News and Events

On June 14, 2021, the Fairfax County Office of Human Rights & Equity Programs (OHREP) in partnership with Aging Rainbows hosted a virtual event “LGBTQ+ Protections in Fairfax County.”     W...

Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission created by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors consists of 12 county residents.

Student Human Rights Commission

The Fairfax County Student Human Rights Commission is the region's first commission comprised entirely of high school students with the mission of promoting comprehensive equality, cultural awareness, and unity.

Learn how Retaliation is related to the areas of discrimination listed above.

The HRD also provides educational services regarding compliance with the Ordinance to residents, employers, employment agencies and labor organizations
operating in Fairfax County (What an Employer Should Know

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