Workers draw in community, activists at community meeting on wage theft

Joined by over 60 DC workers and activists, the EJC’s worker activist group, Workers Advocating for Greater Equality (WAGE), sent a powerful message to their community at Saturday’s community meeting: stand up to wage theft. Workers shared stories about their experiences with wage theft with other DC workers, activists, and with the DC Councilmember Jim…

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A Life Sentence

On Monday, February 10, 2014, Councilmember Tommy Wells convened a hearing on the “Fair Criminal Records Screening Act of 2014”, otherwise known as the “Ban the Box bill”. This landmark bill, introduced on January 7, 2014, would remove barriers to gainful employment for returning citizens or people with arrest records. It would prohibit private employers…

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New Litigation Counsel Andrew Hass Excited to (Re-)Join the EJC

I am thrilled to be re-joining the EJC as Litigation Counsel. In this role, I will be representing low-income workers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, primarily in cases of unpaid wages. In many cases I will be working alongside private attorneys with decades of experience in employment law, and will have the…

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Stolen Wages in the Nation’s Capital: New Report Shows Where Wage Claims System Goes Wrong and How DC Can Fix the Problem with the “Wage Theft Prevention Act”

Building on the recent passage of an increase of the minimum wage and expansion of paid leave protections in the District of Columbia, a comprehensive wage theft report and policy proposal titled Stolen Wages in the Nation’s Capital: Fixing DC’s Broken Wage Theft Claims Process was released today highlighting how many businesses fail to comply…

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DC Council Introduces Wage Theft Prevention Act

This morning, Councilmember Vincent Orange (At-Large), Councilmember Jim Graham (Ward 1), and Councilmember Mary Cheh (Ward 3) co-introduced the Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2014 at the DC Council legislative session. The bill will dramatically improve the ability of District workers to collect unpaid wages. “For low wage earners, wage theft can result in severe…

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