Code of the District of Columbia

§ 2–223.02. Prohibitions.

(a) A supervisor shall not threaten to take or take a prohibited personnel action or otherwise retaliate against an employee because of the employee’s protected disclosure or because of an employee’s refusal to comply with an illegal order.

(b) A District government official or employee having the responsibility to evaluate, award, authorize payments, terminate, or otherwise administer a contract for goods or services between the District government and a contractor shall not threaten to take or take a prohibited procurement action against a contractor, or a contractor competing for a contract, based wholly or in part on a protected disclosure made by an employee, officer, or owner of the contractor to a public body.


(Oct. 7, 1998, D.C. Law 12-160, § 203, 45 DCR 5147; Mar. 11, 2010, D.C. Law 18-117, § 3(b), 57 DCR 896.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-1177.2.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-615.55, § 2-223.03, and § 2-223.04.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 18-117 rewrote the section, which had read as follows: “A supervisor shall not threaten to take or take a prohibited personnel action or otherwise retaliate against an employee because of the employee’s protected disclosure or because of an employee’s refusal to comply with an illegal order.”

Emergency Legislation

For temporary addition of subchapter, see note to § 2-223.01.