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Office Wage Hour Employees

How to file a claim

The Office of Wage-Hour takes claims in the following form: 

Electronic Submission 
Currently, OWH only takes Wage Payment Claims through electronic submission. Please read these instructions carefully before filing a claim. 

If you wish to file a Wage Payment Claim click here

When you file a claim through the online process, a PDF copy of your claim will be available to print and keep for your records. Please note that you must have a valid email address to submit a claim online. This email will acknowledge your wage claim submission to OWH. It may take up to 24 hours for you to receive this notification; please do not submit your claim more than once. Fill out the claim form completely and accurately while providing as much of the requested information as possible. 

If you want to file a claim for retaliation, minimum wage, unpaid overtime, accrued sick and safe leave, and/or living wage, please contact the Office of Wage-Hour at (202) 671-1880.

By Mail 
Office of Wage-Hour 
4058 Minnesota Ave. NE, Suite 3600 
Washington, D.C. 20019

Via E-mail
 [email protected]

By Phone 
(202)671-1880

If you worked in Maryland, you must contact the Maryland Department of Labor and Industry at (410) 767-2357.

If you worked in Virginia, you must contact the Virginia Department of Labor at (804) 371-2327.

Types of Claims 
You may file a claim for the following: 

Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act (ASSLA)

All DC employees are entitled to a certain number of Sick and Safe Leave days based on the size of the employer. Workers who have been denied access to leave may file the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Claim form.

If an Employer has…

Employees accrue…

Not to Exceed...

100 or more employees

1 hour per 37 hours worked

7 days per calendar year

25 to 99 employees

1 hour per 43 hours worked

5 days per calendar year

1 to 24 employees

1 hour per 87 hours worked

3 days per calendar year

Tipped Restaurant employees*

1 hour per 43 hours worked

5 days per calendar year

To download an ASSLA claim form click here.

Living Wage
D.C. employees who work for a business that receives government-assisted funding should be paid the Living Wage Rate if: 

  • Business receives contracts in the amount of $100,000 or more of District government funding, and all subcontractors that receive $15,000 or more from those government funds.
  • Business receives government assistance in the amount of $100,000 or more from the District government or a subcontractor of those recipients that receive $50,000 or more from the government assistance received. 

Eligible Employees who are not being paid the Living Wage rate may file the Living Wage Claim.

To download a Living Wage claim form click here

Minimum Wage/Overtime

All DC employees are required to be paid the minimum wage in DC, which increases annually on July 1.  Additionally, employees are required to receive overtime pay, equal to 1 ½ times the regular hourly pay, if hours worked exceed 40 hours per week. Any employees working in D.C. that are not paid at least the minimum wage or overtime pay may complete the Minimum Wage/Overtime Complaint form. 

To download a Minimum Wage/ Overtime claim form click here

Retaliation
Employees who are terminated or penalized  (suspended, hours cut or changed, threatened, etc.) for asking their employer about the violation of wage rights or for filing a claim, may file a Retaliation claim with the Office of Wage-Hour.

To download a Retaliation claim form click here

Wage Payment
Employees who are terminated must be paid by their employer within 24 hours or the next business day. Employees who resign must be paid within 7 business days or the next pay date, whichever comes first. Employees must be paid according to their pay schedule and may file a Wage Payment claim form if these wage payment requirements are not met. 

To download a Wage Payment claim form click here.

Forms

Fact Sheets 

Posters

Wage law posters are available in multiple languages in our office and by request. To receive information and materials, please contact OWH at (202) 671-1880 or visit the Office of Wage-Hour at 4058 Minnesota Ave. NE, Suite 3600, Washington, DC 20019. 

For additional information in Spanish visit es.does.dc.gov. Para más información en español visite es.does.dc.gov