A huge six months: EJC recovers over $500,000 in first half of 2013

Every year, we at the EJC try to return at least $500,000.00 to the pockets of low wage workers who have experienced wage theft and other forms of workplace injustice. We do this through our workers’ rights clinic, through in-house legal representation, worker organizing, and through referring cases to pro bono attorneys. We are proud…

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“Finally someone put a stop to it”

Ondina, a 26 year old woman from Honduras, is an exceptionally hard worker. On an average day, Ondina wakes up early, prepares breakfast for her husband, goes to the gym, comes home to shower, and heads off to her first job. After working for eight hours, she heads straight to her second job, arriving home…

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Highlights from the #psdbarcrawl

Over 30 volunteers took to the streets on Thursday night, visiting nine bars to talk with managers and waitstaff about the importance of paid sick days.  We split up into three teams, visiting the following bars: Team 1: El Centro, Alero, Nellie’s Team 2: Policy, Matchbox, Cause Team 3: Garden District, Ben’s Next Door, Solly’s…

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Victory! Eight Workers Recover $75,000 in Unpaid Wages

With EJC’s assistance, eight workers were able to settle their wage theft claims and recover $75,000 in unpaid wages against a downtown DC restaurant. (Due to the settlement agreement, we can’t disclose the restaurant’s name.) Humberto*  worked for two years at the restaurant for 50 hours a week. He earned a flat weekly rate of…

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I Can Smile Now

When Sandra’s* employer refused to pay her $4,200 of her wages, Sandra fought back. Sandra began working as a home health aid in January 2010 for a home health agency, earning $10.50 per hour. She worked hard to ensure her ill and elderly patients consistently received the best care from her possible, yet she herself could…

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Set A Minimum Wage for Maximum Prosperity

Today, it is four years since the federal minimum wage was raised. This is not exactly a happy anniversary. But it is a good time to take stock of what the minimum wage means to so many Americans – including District residents – and to focus on raising it to a more reasonable level. It…

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U Street bar crawl for #paidsickdays tonight!

We’re hitting the town tonight in support of paid sick days!  RSVP to join us, and follow on Twitter with #psdbarcrawl. We’ll be splitting up into four teams, each visiting a number of bars.  At each one, we’ll speak with the workers and management about why paid sick days are so important, and will also…

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Flava Happy Hour for Paid Sick Days Huge Success

At Tuesday’s happy hour, we heard from activists, restaurant workers and politicians alike – all coming together to share their support for paid sick days for all. Here are Belinda Sheppard (owner of Flava) and Losia Nyankale (who works at Luna Grill and Diner in Dupont), speaking about their own experiences in the restaurant industry:…

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