Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM)
As the central human resource (HR) agency for the Commonwealth of Virginia, DHRM promulgates and provides guidance on important personnel policies, particularly policies applying to classified and operational employees. DHRM's policy library is available online. Information about How to File a Complaint of Discrimination is also available on the DHRM website.
The Office of the State Inspector General (OSIG)
The Office of the State Inspector General (OSIG) was established on July 1, 2012, to investigate waste and identify inefficiencies in executive branch state government. The OSIG investigates complaints of fraud, waste abuse or corruption by an executive branch state agency, non-state agency or officers, employees or contractor of those agencies. Reports may be made to the State Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline.
Toll-Free Phone Number (within Virginia)
800-723-1615 (No caller ID, but does accept voicemail messages)
Out of State
Attention: State Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Hotline
PO Box 1151
Richmond, VA 23218
Fill Out and Submit Online Form
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and related conditions, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits race and national origin-based discrimination,
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits race, color, national original, sex, or religion-based discrimination,
- Certain provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities and requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities,
- the Equal Pay Act,
- the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and
- other certain federal discrimination laws applicable to employees.
Employees and applicants for employment may file complaints with the EEOC. A Charge of Discrimination can be completed through the EEOC Public Portal after you submit an online inquiry and an interview with an EEOC agent. Local EEOC Office information is:
Norfolk Local Office
200 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
ASL Video Phone: 844-234-5122
Richmond Local Office
500 N. Eighth Street
Richmond, VA 23219
ASL Video Phone: 844-234-5122
Washington DC Local Office
131 M Street, NE
Fourth Floor, Suite 4NWO2F
Washington, DC 20507-0100
Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (OCR)
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Education provides guidance and investigates student complaints regarding certain federal discrimination laws including:
- Titles VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits race and national origin-based discrimination
- Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibit discrimination against qualified students with disabilities and require reasonable accommodation to be made for students or applicants with disabilities,
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex-based discrimination,
the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, which applies to age discrimination of students.
Complaints may be filed by anyone who believes that William & Mary has discriminated against a student on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age. Access to OCR's online Complaint Assessment System to determine if OCR is able to assist you by investigating a complaint of discrimination.
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is the federal agency that holds those who do business with the federal government (contractors and subcontractors) responsible for complying with the legal requirement to take affirmative action and not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.
- Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability and also requires affirmative actions steps to hire, retain, and promote qualified individuals with disabilities.
- VEVRAA, or the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, as amended, which prohibits discrimination against specified categories of veterans and requires affirmable action steps to hire, retain, and promote covered veterans.
- Executive Order 11246, which prohibits discrimination and requires affirmative action to ensure that all employment actions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.
- Executive Order 13672, signed by President Obama, amended Executive Order 11246, to prohibit federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Information about How to File A Complaint with OFCCP is available on their website.
The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ)
The Civil Rights Division of DOJ enforces:
- Laws providing equal opportunity for people with disabilities, specifically the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Executive Order 12250.
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects students from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, and religion in public universities (such as William & Mary), and
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibiting sex-based discrimination. These activities are performed by the Educational Opportunities Section of DOJ's Civil Rights Division.
DOJ provides online information about how to file a complaint regarding a potential civil rights violation.