EJC in the News: Wage Theft Complaints on the Rise in D.C.

In 2008, 51 percent of day laborers in the D.C. area were paid less than what they had been promised. According to Laura Brown, director of legal services at the D.C. Employment Justice Center, complaints of non-payment or underpayment of wages at the organization’s weekly workers rights clinic jumped from a quarter of all complaints to one third of complaints in the third quarter of 2010. D.C. EJC serves about 1300 people each year, helping them navigate paperwork at the city’s Wage and Hour office, which can help workers recover unjustly denied wages. D.C. Jobs with Justice called upon the MPD to proactively investigate complaints of wage theft as if it were theft of any other good, and impose stiff penalties on those found to have shortchanged workers.

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