Know Your Rights
Read OAG’s Comprehensive Consumer Alert to protect yourself from scams, price gouging, discrimination, and to get information about workers’ rights to paid sick leave. This alert is also available in Amharic, Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.
- For consumers: If you are a victim of a scam, or have been overcharged, or otherwise have been treated unfairly by a business, contact OAG’s Office of Consumer Protection by calling (202) 442-9828, emailing Consumer.Protection@dc.gov, or submitting a complaint online.
- For seniors: Learn steps seniors can take to guard against exploitation and abuse. Now more than ever, we urge District residents to be vigilant and report any type of abuse or fraud to Adult Protective Services’ 24-hour hotline at 202-541-3950, MPD at (202) 727-9099, and OAG at 202-727-3807 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For workers: If you believe your paid sick leave or other rights are being violated, contact OAG by calling 202-442-9828. Workers can learn about their rights at: https://oag.dc.gov/workers-rights.
- For tenants: During the state of emergency, residents may not be evicted, charged late fees on rent, or have utility shut-offs. View OAG's COVID-19 Tenant FAQs resource. Report violations of these protections to OAG by calling (202) 442-9828, emailing Consumer.Protection@dc.gov, or submitting a complaint online.
- For residents facing discrimination: District businesses should treat consumers and employees fairly. If you experience discrimination of any kind, report it to OAG by calling 202-727-3400, emailing OAGCivilRights@dc.gov, or filling out our online form.
- For residents seeking to remove guns from potentially dangerous persons: Are you concerned about a friend or family member who owns a gun and could be a danger to themselves or others? Learn how the District’s “Red Flag Law” can be used to remove a firearm from a potentially dangerous individual.
OAG's COVID-19 Handout
Hearing from you will help OAG spot problems and keep residents safe. Contact our office if you have been scammed, discriminated against, charged late fees on rent, denied sick leave by your employer, or otherwise treated unfairly. Residents can learn about their rights with our COVID-19 handout in English and Spanish.