The District of Columbia’s Human Rights Act (DCHRA) makes many forms of discrimination by an employer illegal, including political discrimination. Thus, when Scott M. Perry’s client came to him and complained that he had been terminated based on his political affiliation, Mr. Perry’s interest was piqued. When he researched the issue, however, Mr. Perry could find no reported cases in the District of Columbia as to this area of the law. Seizing an opportunity to make law and help his client, Mr. Perry brought an action against his client’s former employer alleging political affiliation discrimination under the DCHRA.
Several months after conducting exhaustive discovery on the issue, Mr. Perry resolved the case for his client. It is believed to be the first of its kind in the District of Columbia.