The District of Columbia prohibits employers from discharging, threatening, or otherwise coercing workers who are summoned for jury duty or serve as jurors, or who are summoned for witness service. Employers that violate the law may be charged with contempt of court, fined, and imprisoned up to 30 days for a first offense. Subsequent offenses could result in a fine of up to $5,000 and up to 180 days' imprisonment. Employees discharged in violation of this provision may sue for reinstatement, lost wages, damages, and attorneys' fees (DC Code Sec. 11-1913).