Mayor Bowser Updates DC Government’s Sexual Harassment Policy

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a Mayor’s Order updating DC Government’s sexual harassment policy. The Mayor’s Order, which clarifies and strengthens many provisions from the 2017 order, reaffirms that DC Government does not tolerate any form of inappropriate workplace conduct including sexual harassment, nor does it tolerate sexual harassment in non-employment interactions between DC Government employees and the public. 
“With this Mayor’s Order we are underscoring the message that DC Government does not and will not tolerate any form of sexual harassment. While that has always been our value, now we are putting in place an even stronger and clearer policy,” said Mayor Bowser. “This order will help ensure that everyone, at every level, is clear about our expectations.” 
In addition to providing procedural updates to the District’s sexual harassment policy, the Mayor’s Order:

  • bans all sexual and romantic relationships between supervisors and the employees in their chain of command;  
  • establishes obligations of District Government employees, including to affirm the anti-harassment policy and attend yearly training; 
  • adds the Mayor’s direct reports to those required to be referred for outside investigation of sexual harassment; and
  • directs the Sexual Harassment Taskforce to further examine the District’s sexual harassment policies and provide recommendations to further the goal of a harassment-free workplace.

View Mayor’s Order 2023-131 HERE

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