D.C. Laws on Smoking in the Workplace

Information on District of Columbia (DC) workplace smoking laws, including accommodations for smokers and employer policies on smoking.

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What kinds of workplaces are subject to DC workplace smoking laws?

Workplace smoking laws apply to any private employer.

In the District of Columbia, in what parts of the workplace is smoking prohibited? Where is smoking permitted?

Smoking is prohibited throughout the workplace, except for designated smoking area. Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas.

What are the requirements for designated smoking areas in DC workplaces?

In the District of Columbia, smoking areas must have a physical barrier or separate room.

Does the District of Columbia require employers to make accommodations for nonsmokers?

The District of Columbia doesn't specifically require employers to provide workplace accommodations for nonsmoker employees. For smokers, employer is required to provide smoking area.

Are employers required to have a written or oral policy on workplace smoking in the District of Columbia?

DC employers must have a written policy that designates a smoking area, and employers must notify each employee orally and post the policy within three weeks after adopting it.

Does the District of Columbia provide employees with protection from smoking-related discrimination?

In DC, an employee may not be fired or discriminated against in hiring, wages, benefits, or terms of employment because of being a smoker.

Where can I find DC legal information on smoking in the workplace?

If you want to go right to the source and look up DC law on workplace smoking laws -- or if you're writing a letter to your employer or employee and want to cite the applicable law -- the relevant statute(s) can be found at DC Code Ann. Sections 7-1701 to 7-1703.03. Workplace smoking information is also available in Nolo's books Your Rights in the Workplace, by Barbara Repa (Nolo) and The Employer's Legal Handbook, by Fred Steingold (Nolo).

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