§ 32–1306. Enforcement, records and subpoenas.
(a)(1) The Mayor shall enforce and administer the provisions of this chapter, the Living Wage Act, the Sick and Safe Leave Act, and the Minimum Wage Revision Act, including by conducting sua sponte and complaint-initiated investigations into whether violations have occurred, holding hearings, and instituting actions for penalties. Any and all prosecutions of violations of this chapter, the Living Wage Act, the Minimum Wage Revision Act, or the Sick and Safe Leave Act undertaken in court shall be conducted in the name of the District of Columbia by the Office of the Attorney General.
(2)(A) The Attorney General, acting in the public interest, including the need to deter future violations, may bring a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction against an employer or other person violating this chapter, the Minimum Wage Revision Act, the Sick and Safe Leave Act, or the Living Wage Act for restitution or for injunctive, compensatory, or other authorized relief for any individual or for the public at large. Upon prevailing in court, the Attorney General shall be entitled to:
(i) Reasonable attorneys' fees and costs;
(ii) Statutory penalties equal to any administrative penalties provided by law; and
(iii) On behalf of an aggrieved employee:
(I) The payment of back wages unlawfully withheld;
(II) Additional liquidated damages equal to treble the back wages unlawfully withheld; and
(III) Equitable relief as may be appropriate.
(B) The Attorney General shall not in any action brought pursuant to this section be awarded an amount already recovered by an employee.
(a-1) The Mayor shall encourage reporting pursuant to this section by keeping confidential, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable laws, the name and other identifying information of the employee or other person reporting a violation during the course of any investigation; provided, that with the authorization of such person, the Mayor may disclose the employee or person’s name and identifying information as necessary to conduct a hearing and enforce this chapter or other employee protection laws, including the Living Wage Act, the Minimum Wage Revision Act, or the Sick and Safe Leave Act.
(b)(1) The Mayor shall have power to administer oaths and examine witnesses under oath, issue subpoenas, compel the attendance of witnesses, and the production of papers, books, accounts, records, payrolls, documents, and testimony and to take depositions and affidavits in any proceedings before him.
(2) The Attorney General shall have the power to investigate whether there are violations of this chapter, the Living Wage Act, the Sick and Safe Leave Act, or the Minimum Wage Revision Act, and administer oaths and examine witnesses under oath, issue subpoenas, compel the attendance of witnesses, and the production of papers, books, accounts, records, payrolls, documents, and testimony and to take depositions and affidavits in connection with any such investigation.
(c) A person to whom a subpoena authorized by this section has been issued shall have the opportunity to move to quash or modify the subpoena in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. In case of failure of a person to comply with any subpoena lawfully issued under this section, or on the refusal of a witness to testify to any matter regarding which he or she may be lawfully interrogated, it shall be the duty of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, or any judge thereof, upon application by the Mayor or the Attorney General, to compel obedience by attachment proceedings for contempt, as in the case of disobedience of the requirements of a subpoena issued from the Court or a refusal to testify therein.
(d)(1) Every employer subject to any provision of this chapter or of any regulation or order issued pursuant to this chapter shall make, keep, and preserve, for a period of not less than 3 years, or the prevailing federal standard at the time the record is created, which shall be identified in rules issued pursuant to this chapter, whichever is greater, a record of:
(A) The name, address, and occupation of each employee;
(B) A record of the date of birth of an employee under 19 years of age;
(C) The rate of pay and the amount paid each pay period to each employee;
(D) The precise time worked each day and each workweek by each employee, except for employees who are not paid on an hourly basis and who are exempt from the minimum wage and overtime requirements under § 32-1004(a); and
(E) Any other records or information as the Mayor may prescribe by regulation as necessary or appropriate for the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter.
(2)(A) Pursuant to the investigative authority conferred upon the Mayor and the Attorney General in subsections (a) and (b)(2) of this section, respectively, and notwithstanding any other provision of law, any records an employer maintains pursuant to the requirements of this chapter, the Living Wage Act, the Sick and Safe Leave Act, and the Minimum Wage Revision Act shall be open and made available for inspection or transcription by the Mayor, the Mayor's authorized representative, or the Office of the Attorney General upon demand at any reasonable time. An employer shall furnish to the Mayor, the Mayor's authorized representative, or the Office of the Attorney General on demand a sworn statement of records and information upon forms prescribed or approved by the Mayor or Attorney General.
(B) No employer may be found to be in violation of subparagraph (A) of this paragraph unless the employer had an opportunity to challenge the Mayor or Attorney General's demand before a judge, including an administrative law judge.
(e) Every employer shall furnish to each employee at the time of payment of wages an itemized statement showing the:
(1) Date of the wage payment;
(2) Gross wages paid;
(3) Deductions from and additions to wages;
(4) Net wages paid;
(5) Hours worked during the pay period; and
(6) Any other information as the Mayor may prescribe by regulation.