*NOTE: This section was created by temporary legislation that will expire on December 24, 2021.*
(a) An employee who has suffered an adverse employment action prohibited pursuant to § 32-141.03 may bring a civil action in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia within one year after the alleged violation and, upon prevailing, shall be entitled to the following relief:
(1) Reasonable attorneys' fees and costs;
(2) The payment of lost wages and benefits;
(3) Equitable relief as may be appropriate; and
(4) Punitive damages, if the employee's injuries were caused by the employer's wanton or reckless disregard for the safety of the affected employee.
(b) An employee need not exhaust administrative remedies before bringing suit pursuant to this section.
For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 106 of Protecting Businesses and Workers from COVID-19 Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2021 (D.C. Act 24-7, Feb. 1, 2021, 68 DCR 001822).