Washington D.C. Wage & Hour Law

Washington, Washington D.C. 20001

What You Need to Know About Washington D.C. Minimum Wage, Overtime, and Other Wage Claims

You can recover unpaid wages, overtime, and tips in Washington D.C. if you know your rights and how to enforce them. Does your employer owe you unpaid wages or overtime? Or, maybe you need information on the breaks you’re entitled to, overtime rules, or your right to tips. If so, you'll find the information you need on this site to learn what you can do in Washington D.C. to get the money you have earned.

Here, we answer many common questions about wage and hour law in Washington D.C., including:


A few things to keep in mind as you explore this site:

1. Wage and hour laws differ from state to state.

Most states have enacted their own wage and hour regulations and procedures for employees to follow if they have been treated unfairly. These regulations and procedures vary from state to state. Start by finding out about your rights to pay in Washington D.C..

2. Some states simply adopt the federal minimum wage and overtime standards, but most states have higher standards.

The U.S. Department of Labor  covers minimum wage, overtime, and other wage and hour matters. In states that have not adopted their own wage and hour regulations and procedures, your rights are set out by the U.S. Department of Labor. 

The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services is the agency that enforces labor laws in Washington D.C.. Check there to find out more about minimum wage and overtime rules in Washington D.C..

The minimum wage in DC is $17 an hour. Because this is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, employees in the District of Columbia must be paid at least $17 an hour. 



Check District of Columbia Department of Employment Services to find out more.

3. You are entitled to certain payments when your employment ends.

Your final paycheck must include certain amounts, regardless of whether you resigned, were laid off, or were fired. Find out whether your former employer met Washington D.C.’s final paycheck requirements

If you are fired or otherwise let go by your employer in Washington D.C., your employer must pay your final paycheck no later than the working day following the termination, unless your job involved responsibility for the employer's money. In that case, your employer must pay your final paycheck within four days after the termination so that the employer can check the accuracy of the accounts you handled.

If you quit your job in Washington D.C., your employer must pay your final paycheck on the next regular payday or within seven days after you gave notice of quitting, whichever is earlier.

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