Workplace Rights Resources

*The materials on this page are intended to provide an overview of potential resources. WCSA has not formally endorsed these resources and they are only meant for informational purposes.
*The content on this page is not intended to provide legal advice.

Resources on congressional workplace rights:

     Congressional Office of Compliance (OOC)

     Office of Employee Assistance (House)

     Office of House Employment Counsel

     Employee Assistance Program (Senate)

     Senate Chief Counsel for Employment

     Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

     Congressional Management Foundation

Learn about recent changes in workplace rights & what new policies apply to House offices or Senate offices:

     Senate: required online training under S.Res. 330

     House: required in-person training under H.Res. 630

     By July 2, all House personnel are required to complete the 90-minute in person Workplace Rights & Responsibilities Education. Register here.

     Each office is required to post a Notification of Rights

     OOC Legislative Update

Learn about your rights in the congressional workplace:

     OOC workplace rights brochure & handbook

     Harassment & Discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin

      Sexual Harassment

     LGBT Discrimination

     Disability Discrimination

     Age Discrimination

     Genetic Information Discrimination

     Family & Medical Leave Act

     Uniformed Services & Veterans

     Additional rights

     Pending regulations: OOC drafts updated congressional workplace regulations to keep pace with any changes to the underlying labor laws, but Congress must approve these regulations to enforce them. 

Additional trainings:

     OOC Training & Resources

     Bystander Intervention

     Schedule additional trainings for your office: Go beyond the required in-person or online trainings and get in-depth briefings on your workplace rights.

     Available trainings

Office policies & handbooks:

     The Congressional Accountability Act prescribes basic rights for congressional staffers, but each office's internal policy determines how the law will be enforced within the office and whether additional protections may apply. Learn about office policies and consider yours.

     Contact the Office of Compliance and House/Senate Employment Counsel to learn more. Supervisors may schedule consultations.

     Contact relevant Committees (e.g. Committee on House Administration) to learn about updated office handbooks.  

     Consider discussing office policy with supervisors and fellow employees.

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Government resources:

     Workplaces Respond: A National Resource Center

     EEOC Report: Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace

     National Domestic Violence Hotline

     DOD Safe Helpline

     DOJ Office on Violence Against Women

     National Human Trafficking Hotline

NGO resources:

     The National Center for Victims of Crime

     National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN)

     Equal Rights Advocates (counseling line)

     Better Brave (guide to dealing with harassment)

     Stalking Resource Center

     Street Harassment Hotline

     National Disability Rights Network

     Anti-Violence Project Hotline (LGBT)

     LGBT Help Hotline

     National Women's Law Center

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