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Protect Your Rights Viriginia Government Agencies

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Please select a topic below to jump directly to the corresponding agency:

1. Discrimination/Harassment

2. Safety & Health

3. Unemployment Insurance

4. Wage and Hour/Labor Standards Violations

5. Workers' Compensation

1. Discrimination/Harassment

For more information about filing a discrimination or harassment claim in Virginia, see our page on filing a discrimination complaint: Virginia

Discrimination/Harassment - State Agency

Virginia Council on Human Rights
Suite 1202, Washington Building
1100 Bank Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 225-2292
Web Address: http://www.chr.state.va.us

Agency Description/Mission: It is the policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia: To safeguard all individuals within the Commonwealth from unlawful discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status or disability, in places of public accommodation, including educational institutions and in real estate transactions; in employment; to preserve the public safety, health and general welfare; and to further the interests, rights and privileges of individuals within the Commonwealth; and to protect citizens of the Commonwealth against unfounded charges of unlawful discrimination. Complaints of possible violations of the Act may be filed with the Virginia Council on Human Rights.

For more information, see our page on filing a discrimination complaint: Virginia

Discrimination/Harassment - Local Offices of Federal Agency (EEOC)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Norfolk Area Office

Federal Building, Suite 739
200 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: (757) 441-3470
TTY: (757) 441-3578

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Richmond Area Office

3600 West Broad Street
Room 229
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: (804) 278-4651
TTY: (804) 278-4654

For more information about this agency, see the EEOC section of our page on federal agencies

2. Safety & Health (workplace health & safety complaints and information)

Virginia Department of Labor and Industry
Occupational Safety and Health Compliance Program

Powers-Taylor Building
13 South 13th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 786-2377
Fax: (804) 371-6524
TDD: (804) 786-2376
E-Mail: hcompliance@doli.state.va.us
Web Address: http://www.doli.state.va.us

Agency Description/Mission: The Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Compliance Program conducts inspections of private and public sector employers to assure compliance with the laws, standards and regulations of the Commonwealth. The Compliance Program issues citations listing violations of the standards and regulations to employers, determines dates by which violations must be abated, and proposes civil monetary penalties for certain types of violations.

Occupational Safety & Health Compliance
How to File a Complaint

3. Unemployment Insurance

Virginia Employment Commission
Richmond Central Office

703 East Main Street
P.O. Box 1358
Richmond, VA 23218-1358
Phone: (804) 786-1485
TTY: (804) 371-8050
Virginia Relay: (800) 828-1120 (TTY) or (800) 828-1140 (voice)
Web Address: http://www.vec.virginia.gov/vecportal/index.cfm

Unemployment Insurance & You: Questions and Answers
Handbook for Claimants & Job Seekers
Filing a Virginia Claim for Benefits

4. Wage and Hour/Labor Standards Violations

Wage and Hour/Labor Standards - State Agency

Virginia Department of Labor and Industry
Labor & Employment Program

Powers-Taylor Building
13 South 13th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 786-2386
Fax: (804) 371-6524
E-Mail: laborlaw@doli.state.va.us
Web Address: http://www.doli.state.va.us

Agency Description/Mission: The Virginia Labor and Employment Law program works with employers to ensure Virginians' right to work, their right to receive pay that is due, and other important rights including minimum wage and a day of rest. The Labor and Employment Law Division investigates complaints alleging violations of the labor laws listed below, conducts informal conferences with employers to settle disputes, prepares final orders for unpaid wages and assesses civil money penalties against employers to gain compliance, assists in civil or criminal court actions against employers to gain compliance, and administers the work permit program for 14 and 15 year-old minors employed in the Commonwealth.

Frequently Asked Questions: Labor & Employment Law
Frequently Asked Questions: Payment of Wage
Filing a Claim for Unpaid Wages

Wage and Hour/Labor Standards - Local Offices of Federal Agency (DOL)

Northern Virginia:
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
ESA Wage & Hour Division
Baltimore District Office

Room 207 Appraisers Stores Building
103 South Gay Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-4061
Phone: (410) 962-2240
Fax: (410) 962-9512

Southwestern Virginia:
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
ESA Wage & Hour Division
Charleston Area Office

500 Quarrier Street
Suite 120
Charleston, WV 25301-2130
Phone: (304) 347-5206
Fax: (304) 347-5467

Remainder of State:
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
ESA Wage & Hour Division
Richmond District Office

Federal Building, Room 416
350 N. 8th Street
P.O. Box 10005
Richmond, VA 23240
Phone: (804) 771-2995
Fax: (804) 771-8127

For more information about this agency, see the U.S. Department of Labor section of our page on federal agencies

5. Workers' Compensation (for job-related injuries or illness)

Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission
1000 DMV Drive
Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: (804) 367-8600
Toll-Free: (877) 664-2566
E-Mail: webmaster@vwc.state.va.us
Web Address: http://www.vwc.state.va.us

Frequently Asked Questions
Employees' Guide
Overview of the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act
Initial Claim for Benefits