Victory: Diane Wilkes Finally Gets Paid for Her Sick Days!

Earlier this month, we blogged about Diane Wilkes, who was fired just before Christmas for missing work when she was sick. Today, we’re excited to report that Ms. Wilkes finally got some of the money she was owed for her sick days under the DC’s Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act (a law EJC helped…

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EJC in the WaPost on Why We Need to Raise Maryland’s Minimum Wage

EJC Advocacy Manager Ari Weisbard was quoted in today’s Washington Post’s Capital Business Section on the economic advantages of Maryland raising its minimum wage: “Low-wage workers, more than anyone else, when they get a raise, they spend it.” The article mentioned business group talking points on the issue, but revealed that the best studies of…

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Wage theft: the human cost of cutting corners

Each week at the Workers’ Rights Clinic, the EJC is seeing a growing number of workers who have been plagued by the perils of wage theft. Workers are being denied overtime pay, being paid below minimum wage, having their paychecks delayed, or even not being paid at all. Employers are getting away with this robbery…

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Falling Sick, Losing livelihood: Why We Need to Strengthen D.C.’s Paid Sick Days Law

Diane Wilkes enjoyed her job more than most. After struggling with depression for years, her position as an office cleaner gave her a sense of purpose and pride. In mid December of 2012, as the temperatures dropped and people throughout the District began to fall ill with the season’s first bout of flu, Ms. Wilkes…

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Council Passes Workplace Fraud Act

The D.C. Council passed the Workplace Fraud Amendment Act of 2012 in its last session of 2012. The Act responds to construction businesses that misclassify employees in order to rob them of their earned wages and benefits, which is illegal, but still widely practiced. The Workplace Fraud bill provides for the first time for clear…

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