Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter III. Attachment and Garnishment of Wages, etc.


§ 16–571. Definitions.

For purposes of this subchapter —

(1) The term “wages” means compensation paid or payable for personal services whether denominated as wages, salary, commission, bonus, or otherwise, and includes periodic payments pursuant to a pension or retirement program.

(2) The term “disposable wages” means that part of the earnings of any individual remaining after the deduction from those earnings of any amounts required by law to be withheld.

(3) The term “garnishment” means any legal or equitable procedure through which the wages of any individual are required to be withheld for payment of any debt.

(4) The term “domestic partner” shall have the same meaning as provided in § 32-701(3).


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 554, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1; Dec. 17, 1971, 85 Stat. 678, Pub. L. 92-200, § 5; Apr. 4, 2006, D.C. Law 16-79, § 4(a), 53 DCR 1035.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-571.

1973 Ed., § 16-571.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 15-503, § 16-512, and § 16-582.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-79 added par. (4).

Cross References

District of Columbia employees, attachment and garnishment of wages, see § 1-507.

Work release program participants, exemption of wages from attachment and garnishment, see § 24-241.06.

Child support enforcement, income withholding, see § 46-208.

District of Columbia fiscal management, capital improvements, authorization of lease-purchase financing, see § 1-204.90.

Fraudulent conveyances, remedies of creditors, see § 28-3107.

Seizures of personal property, exemptions, “earnings” defined, see § 15-503.

Superior Court of the District of Columbia, jurisdiction, see § 11-921.


§ 16–571.01. Enforcement of support orders by attachment or garnishment.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this subchapter, a notice or order to withhold issued to enforce a support order pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 2 of Title 46 shall have priority over any other legal process and shall be implemented according to the procedures, limitations, and requirements of subchapter I of Chapter 2 of Title 46.


(May 12, 2006, D.C. Law 16-100, § 2(b), 53 DCR 1886; Mar. 25, 2009, D.C. Law 17-353, § 111(a)(1), 56 DCR 1117.)

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-353 substituted “subchapter I of Chapter 2” for “Subchapter I of Chapter 2” and substituted “subchapter I of Chapter 2 of Title 46” for “the act”.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 2(a) of Income Withholding Transfer and Revision Emergency Amendment Act of 2005 (D.C. Act 16-167, July 26, 2005, 52 DCR 7648).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 2(b) of Income Withholding Transfer and Revision Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2005 (D.C. Act 16-200, November 17, 2005, 52 DCR 10490).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) addition of section, see § 2(b) of the Income Withholding Transfer and Revision Temporary Amendment Act of 2005 (D.C. Law 16-42, December 10, 2005, law notification 52 DCR 11038).


§ 16–572. Attachment of wages; percentage limitations; priority of attachments.

Notwithstanding any other provision of subchapter II of this chapter:

(1)(A) Where an attachment is levied upon wages due a judgment debtor from an employer-garnishee, the attachment shall become a lien and a continuing levy upon the gross wages due or to become due to the judgment debtor for the amount specified in the attachment to the extent of 25% of the amount by which the judgment debtor's disposable wages for that week exceed 40 times the minimum hourly wage, as prescribed in [§ 32-1003] ("minimum hourly wage"), in effect at the time the wages are payable.

(B) In the case of wages for any pay period other than a week, the Mayor shall, by regulation, prescribe a multiple of the minimum hourly wage equivalent in effect to that set forth in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph.

(2) The levy shall be a continuing levy until the judgment, interest, and costs thereof are fully satisfied and paid, and in no event may moneys be withheld, by the employer-garnishee from the judgment debtor, in amounts greater than those prescribed by this section.

(3) Only one attachment upon the wages of a judgment debtor may be satisfied at one time.

(4) Where more than one attachment is issued upon the wages of the same judgment debtor and served upon the same employer-garnishee, the attachment first delivered to the marshal shall have priority, and all subsequent attachments shall be satisfied in the order of priority set forth in § 16-507.


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 555, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1; Dec. 17, 1971, 85 Stat. 678, Pub. L. 92-200, § 6; Apr. 30, 1988, D.C. Law 7-104, § 4(f), 35 DCR 147; Mar. 24, 1998, D.C. Law 12-81, § 10(d), 45 DCR 745; Apr. 11, 2019, D.C. Law 22-296, § 2(b), 66 DCR 2008.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-572.

1973 Ed., § 16-572.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 16-577.

Applicability

Section 3(a) of D.C. Law 22-296 provided that the amendment made to this section by section 2(b) of D.C. Law 22-296 shall not apply to a writ of attachment issued before April 11, 2019.

Section 7172 of the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Support Emergency Amendment Act of 2019 repealed § 3(b) of D.C. Law 22-296 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the amendment of this section by D.C. Law 22-296 has been given effect.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-296: § 3(b) of D.C. Law 22-296 provided that the change made to this section by § 2(b) of D.C. Law 22-296 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ [16-572.01]. Motion to exempt wages from garnishment.

(a) Notwithstanding § 16-572, a judgment debtor may seek to exempt additional wages from attachment under § 16-572 by making a claim of undue financial hardship by filing a motion with the Superior Court of the District of Columbia ("court").

(b) Upon the filing of a motion under subsection (a) of this section, the court shall hold a hearing as soon as practicable, but no later than 30 days after the motion is filed, unless the movant requests a later date.

(c) The court shall prepare and make available a form that would allow a judgment debtor to easily identify the basis for the judgment debtor's request for wages to be exempt from attachment. The form shall include space for the judgment debtor to identify, at a minimum, the following:

(1) That the judgment debtor receives public assistance from any of the following sources or programs, if applicable:

(A) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program;

(B) Program on Work, Employment, and Responsibility;

(C) General Assistance for Children program;

(D) Supplemental Security Income;

(E) Interim Disability Assistance;

(F) Medicaid; or

(G) D.C. Healthcare Alliance or similar health benefits;

(2) A list of the judgment debtor's household income;

(3) The number of people in the judgment debtor's household; and

(4) A list of the household expenses, including:

(A) Housing;

(B) Utilities;

(C) Health-related expenses;

(D) Child care;

(E) Food and household supplies;

(F) Education;

(G) Transportation;

(H) Clothing;

(I) Child support; and

(J) Other circumstances, including recurring payments, creating financial hardship.

(d)(1) At the hearing on a motion filed pursuant to this section, the court shall determine whether the amount required to be paid to the judgment creditor as calculated pursuant to § 16-572 creates an undue financial hardship for the judgment debtor; provided, that, for a movant who indicates that he or she receives public assistance from any of the sources listed in subsection (c)(1) of this section, there shall be a presumption that the amount required to be paid to the judgment creditor as calculated pursuant to § 16-572 creates an undue financial hardship.

(2) If the court makes a determination of undue financial hardship pursuant to paragraph (1) of this subsection, the court shall grant the motion and:

(A) Determine the amount of disposable wages to be exempted from attachment under § 16-572 necessary to avoid undue financial hardship;

(B) Promptly issue an order modifying the existing writ of attachment, clearly identifying the dollar amount of disposable wages exempted from attachment, and instructing the employer-garnishee that the employer-garnishee shall not collect an amount during any pay period that causes the judgment debtor's disposable wages for the pay period to drop below the exempted amount determined pursuant to subparagraph (A) of this paragraph; and

(C) Send a copy of the order to the employer-garnishee at the address stated on the existing writ of attachment.

(e) A judgment creditor may file a motion requesting that the court review an order issued pursuant to subsection (d) of this section to see whether, due to changed circumstances, the amount required to be paid to the judgment creditor as calculated pursuant to § 16-572 would no longer create an undue financial hardship or whether the amount of disposable wages needed to be exempted from attachment under § 16-572 to avoid undue financial hardship has changed; provided, that the judgment creditor shall not file a motion pursuant to this subsection before 18 months have passed since the court issued the order pursuant to subsection (d) of this section or since the court most recently reviewed the order pursuant to this subsection.


(Apr. 11, 2019, D.C. Law 22-296, § 2(c), 66 DCR 2008.)

Applicability

Section 7172 of the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Support Emergency Amendment Act of 2019 repealed § 3(b) of D.C. Law 22-296 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the creation of this section by D.C. Law 22-296 has been given effect.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-296: § 3(b) of D.C. Law 22-296 provided that the change made to this section by § 2(c) of D.C. Law 22-296 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ [16-572.02]. Notice to judgment debtor regarding wage garnishment.

On the date that the judgment creditor serves a writ of attachment on an employer-garnishee, the judgment creditor shall also mail to the judgment debtor at his or her last known address, by certified and first class mail, a copy of the writ of attachment. The writ of attachment shall be accompanied by a notice to the judgment debtor containing the following or substantively similar language:

"Notice to Judgment Debtor Regarding Wage Garnishment

"Why am I receiving this? The enclosed Writ of Attachment is a copy of a legal document that has been issued to your employer. You are receiving this notice because the plaintiff in the court case shown on the Writ of Attachment obtained a money judgment against you. A money judgment is a court's decision that you owe money to someone else (the "judgment creditor"). The judgment creditor is now seeking garnishment of your wages. Garnishment is a process in which a portion of an employee's wages are taken each pay period in order to pay money owed to a judgment creditor.

"Will my wages be garnished? If so, how much? D.C. law automatically protects certain amounts of wages from garnishment. For example, if you earn 40 times the D.C. minimum hourly wage per week or less (in other words, if you work the equivalent of full-time hours at minimum wage, or less), your earnings are fully protected against garnishment and nothing will be taken from your paycheck. However, if you earn more than that, your employer may be required to withhold a portion of your wages to pay to the judgment creditor. The amount of garnishment is calculated based on the formula stated on the Writ of Attachment.

"Is there anything I can do? If you are already protected from garnishment, or if you can afford the amount that will be taken out of your paycheck to pay the judgment creditor, you do not need to do anything. However, judgment debtors subject to wage garnishment have the right under D.C. Official Code § 16-572.01 to request that the court adjust the amount of wages subject to garnishment based on financial hardship. To make such a request, you or your attorney must go to the court and file a motion. In addition, there may be circumstances under which you may be able to ask the court to undo the judgment. If you file a motion to adjust the amount of wages subject to garnishment based on financial hardship, you should provide a copy of the motion to your employer immediately so that the garnishment can be put on hold until the court makes a decision."


(Apr. 11, 2019, D.C. Law 22-296, § 2(c), 66 DCR 2008.)

Applicability

Section 7172 of the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Support Emergency Amendment Act of 2019 repealed § 3(b) of D.C. Law 22-296 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the creation of this section by D.C. Law 22-296 has been given effect.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-296: § 3(b) of D.C. Law 22-296 provided that the change made to this section by § 2(c) of D.C. Law 22-296 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.


§ 16–573. Employer’s duty to withhold and make payments; percentage.

(a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, an employer upon whom an attachment is served, and who:

(1) at the time is indebted for wages to an employee who is the judgment debtor named in the attachment; or

(2) becomes so indebted to the judgment debtor in the future —

shall, while the attachment remains a lien upon such indebtedness, withhold and pay to the judgment creditor, or his legal representative, within 15 days after the close of the last pay period of the judgment debtor ending in each calendar month, that percentage of wages payable to the judgment debtor for the pay period or periods ending in such calendar month to which the judgment creditor is entitled under the terms of this subchapter until the attachment is wholly satisfied.

(b) Upon written notice of any court proceeding attacking the attachment or the judgment on which it is based, or the filing of a motion seeking an exemption under [§ [16-572.01]], the employer shall not withhold from the judgment debtor or pay to the judgment creditor or his legal representative until receipt of an order of court terminating the proceedings.

(c) Any payments made by an employer-garnishee in conformity with this section shall be a discharge of the liability of the employer to the judgment debtor to the extent of the payment.

(d) Under this section, except as provided in § 16-577, the employer-garnishee shall not withhold from the judgment debtor or pay to the judgment creditor any portion of the gross wages payable to the judgment debtor for any week in which the judgment debtor's disposable wages do not exceed 40 times the minimum hourly wage, as prescribed in [§ 32-1003], in effect at the time the wages are payable.


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 555, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1; Feb. 24, 1987, D.C. Law 6-166, § 33(a)(1), 33 DCR 6710; May 12, 2006, D.C. Law 16-100, § 2(c), 53 DCR 1886; Apr. 11, 2018, D.C. Law 22-296, § 2(c)[(d)], 53 DCR 1886 .)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-573.

1973 Ed., § 16-573.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-100, in subsec. (b), deleted “; except that, in the case of child support judgments, the employer shall continue to withhold the payments from the judgment debtor until receipt of an order of the court terminating the withholding” following “proceedings”.

Applicability

Section 7172 of the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Support Emergency Amendment Act of 2019 repealed § 3(b) of D.C. Law 22-296 removing the applicability restriction impacting this section. Therefore the amendment of this section by D.C. Law 22-296 has been given effect.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-296: § 3(b) of D.C. Law 22-296 provided that the change made to this section by § 2(c)[(d)] of D.C. Law 22-296 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2(c) of Income Withholding Transfer and Revision Emergency Amendment Act of 2005 (D.C. Act 16-167, July 26, 2005, 52 DCR 7648).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2(c) of Income Withholding Transfer and Revision Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2005 (D.C. Act 16-200, November 17, 2005, 52 DCR 10490).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2(c) of the Income Withholding Transfer and Revision Temporary Amendment Act of 2005 (D.C. Law 16-42, December 10, 2005, law notification 52 DCR 11038).


§ 16–574. Judgment creditor to file receipts, in court, of amount collected.

(a) The judgment creditor shall:

(1) file with the clerk of the court, every three months after the serving of an attachment upon an employer-garnishee, a receipt showing the amount received and the balance due under the attachment as of the date of filing;

(2) file a final receipt with the court and furnish a copy thereof to the employee-garnishee; and

(3) obtain a vacation of the attachment within 20 days after the attachment has been satisfied.

(b) If the judgment creditor fails to file any of the receipts prescribed by subsection (a) of this section, an interested party may move the court to compel the defaulting judgment creditor to appear in court and make an accounting forthwith. The court may, in its discretion, enter judgment for any damages, including a reasonable attorney’s fee suffered by, and tax costs in favor of, the party filing the motion to compel the accounting.


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 556, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-574.

1973 Ed., § 16-574.


§ 16–575. Judgment against employer-garnishee for failure to pay percentages.

If the employer-garnishee fails to pay to the judgment creditor the percentages prescribed in this subchapter of the wages which become payable to the judgment debtor for any pay period, judgment shall be entered against him for an amount equal to the percentages with respect to which the failure occurs.


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 556, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-575.

1973 Ed., § 16-575.


§ 16–576. Lapse of attachment upon resignation or dismissal of employee.

If a judgment debtor resigns or is dismissed from his employment while an attachment upon his wages is wholly or partly unsatisfied, the attachment shall lapse and no further deduction may be made thereon unless the judgment debtor is reinstated or reemployed within 90 days after the resignation or dismissal.


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 556, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-576.

1973 Ed., § 16-576.


§ 16–577. Applicability of per centum limitations to judgment for support.

The per centum limitations prescribed by section 16-572 do not apply in the case of execution upon a judgment, order, or decree of any court of the District of Columbia for the payment of any sum for the support or maintenance of a person’s spouse or former spouse, domestic partner or former domestic partner, or children, and any such execution, judgment, order, or decree shall, in the discretion of the court, have priority over any other execution which is subject to the provisions of this subchapter. In the case of execution upon such a judgment, order, or decree for the payment of such sum for support or maintenance, the limitation shall be 50 per centum of the gross wages due or to become due to any such person for the pay period or periods ending in any calendar month, except that a notice or order to withhold issued pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 2 of Title 46 shall have priority over any other legal process and shall be subject to the limitations stated in section 303(b) of the Consumer Credit Protection Act, approved May 29, 1968 (82 Stat. 163; 15 U.S.C. § 1673(b) .


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 556, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1; Oct. 1, 1976, D.C. Law 1-87, § 13, 23 DCR 2544; Apr. 4, 2006, D.C. Law 16-79, § 4(b), 53 DCR 1035; May 12, 2006, D.C. Law 16-100, § 2(d), 53 DCR 1886; Mar. 25, 2009, D.C. Law 17-353, § 111(a)(2), 56 DCR 1117.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-577.

1973 Ed., § 16-577.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-79 substituted “a person’s spouse or former spouse, domestic partner or former domestic partner, or children,” for “a person’s spouse, or former spouse, or children,”.

D.C. Law 16-100 substituted “, except that a notice or order to withhold issued pursuant to Subchapter I of Chapter 2 of Title 46 shall have priority over any other legal process and shall be subject to the limitations stated in section 303(b) of the Consumer Credit Protection Act, approved May 29, 1968 (82 Stat. 163; 15 U.S.C. § 1673(b).” for the period at the end of the second sentence.

D.C. Law 17-353 substituted “subchapter I of Chapter 2” for “Subchapter I of Chapter 2”.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2(d) of Income Withholding Transfer and Revision Emergency Amendment Act of 2005 (D.C. Act 16-167, July 26, 2005, 52 DCR 7648).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2(d) of Income Withholding Transfer and Revision Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2005 (D.C. Act 16-200, November 17, 2005, 52 DCR 10490).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2(d) of the Income Withholding Transfer and Revision Temporary Amendment Act of 2005 (D.C. Law 16-42, December 10, 2005, law notification 52 DCR 11038).


§ 16–578. Superior Court judgments; lapse; validity.

An attachment issued by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia upon a judgment of that court duly filed and recorded, and levied within twelve years from the date of the judgment upon the wages due or to become due to the judgment debtor from the employer-garnishee, shall not lapse or become invalid prior to complete satisfaction solely by reason of the expiration of the period of limitation set forth in section 15-101 .


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 557, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1; July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 555, Pub. L. 91-358, title I, § 145(b)(3)(A), (b)(4).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-578.

1973 Ed., § 16-578.


§ 16–579. Payments by employer-garnishee where employee has no salary or salary inadequate for services rendered.

Where the judgment debtor claims or is proved to be rendering services to or employed by a relative or other person or by a corporation owned or controlled by a relative or other person, without salary or compensation, or at a salary or compensation so inadequate as to satisfy the court that the salary or compensation is merely colorable and designed to defraud or impede the creditors of the debtor, the court may direct the employer-garnishee to make payments on account of the judgment, in installments, based upon a reasonable value of the services rendered by the judgment debtor under his employment or upon the debtor’s then earning ability.


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 557, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-579.

1973 Ed., § 16-579.


§ 16–580. Quashing attachment where judgment obtained to hinder just claims.

Where an attachment levied under this subchapter is based upon a judgment obtained by default or consent without a trial upon the merits, the court, upon motion of an interested person, may quash the attachment upon satisfactory proof that the judgment was obtained without just cause and solely for the purpose of preventing or delaying the satisfaction of just claims.


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 557, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-580.

1973 Ed., § 16-580.


§ 16–581. Rules of procedure.

The judges of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia shall establish such rules of procedure for their respective courts as may be necessary to effectuate the purposes of this subchapter.


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 557, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1; July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 555, Pub. L. 91-358, title I, § 145(b)(5).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-581.

1973 Ed., § 16-581.


§ 16–582. Attachments to which this subchapter is applicable.

This subchapter applies only with respect to attachments upon wages, as defined by section 16-571 , issued on or after 60 days from August 4, 1959. Unless otherwise specified, this subchapter does not apply to notices or orders to withhold issued pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 2 of Title 46.


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 557, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1; May 12, 2006, D.C. Law 16-100, § 2(e), 53 DCR 1886; Mar. 25, 2009, D.C. Law 17-353, § 111(a)(3), 56 DCR 1117.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-582.

1973 Ed., § 16-582.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-100 added “Unless otherwise specified, this subchapter does not apply to notices or orders to withhold issued pursuant to Subchapter I of Chapter 2 of Title 46.” to the end.

D.C. Law 17-353 substituted “subchapter I of Chapter 2” for “Subchapter I of Chapter 2”.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2(e) of Income Withholding Transfer and Revision Emergency Amendment Act of 2005 (D.C. Act 16-167, July 26, 2005, 52 DCR 7648).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2(e) of Income Withholding Transfer and Revision Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2005 (D.C. Act 16-200, November 17, 2005, 52 DCR 10490).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2(e) of the Income Withholding Transfer and Revision Temporary Amendment Act of 2005 (D.C. Law 16-42, December 10, 2005, law notification 52 DCR 11038).


§ 16–583. No garnishment before judgment.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in the District of Columbia Child Support Enforcement Amendment Act of 1985 or as provided in the D.C. Official Code, section 16-916, before entry of a judgment in an action against a debtor, the creditor may not obtain an interest in any property of the debtor by attachment, garnishment, or like proceedings.

(b) The holder who is served an order of withholding under this subchapter may deduct and retain from the obligor’s earnings or other income an additional $2.00 over the withholding amount for expenses incurred as a result of the withholding.


(Dec. 17, 1971, 85 Stat. 679, Pub. L. 92-200, § 7; Feb. 24, 1987, D.C. Law 6-166, § 33(a)(2), 33 DCR 6710.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-583.

1973 Ed., § 16-583.

References in Text

The “District of Columbia Child Support Enforcement Amendment Act of 1985,” referred to in subsection (a), is D.C. Law 6-166 which is codified principally as § 46-201 et seq.


§ 16–584. No discharge from employment for garnishment.

No employer shall discharge an employee for the reason that a creditor of the employee has subjected or attempted to subject unpaid earnings of the employee to garnishment or like proceedings directed to the employer for the purpose of paying a judgment.


(Dec. 17, 1971, 85 Stat. 679, Pub. L. 92-200, § 7.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-584.

1973 Ed., § 16-584.