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

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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 opportunity to learn from them at each phase of a case. I also hope to contribute to the EJC’s broader mission, whether through extending the organization’s footprint through mobile clinics in Maryland, or by working closely with EJC’s advocacy team to effect change legislatively. For me, this position is an opportunity not just to fight for unpaid workers in local courts, but also to help shape the conversation, and the law, on wage theft in the D.C. metropolitan area.

 I am originally from the D.C. area, and following college I spent two years in Central America working for a small international development organization, helping entrepreneurs start and build businesses. In law school, I interned for the U.S. Department of Labor, the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia, and Farmworker Legal Services of Michigan. These experiences showed me that wage theft is all too common unfortunately, and that a litigator willing to listen and fight for unpaid wages can make a big change in the lives of low-income workers robbed of regular pay or overtime.

After law school, I initially joined the EJC as a Law Fellow. In that role, I assisted the attorneys in the office by conducting intakes, drafting complaints and motions, preparing plaintiffs for hearings, and conducting research on wage-hour, collections, and civil procedure issues. After nearly a year with the EJC I became an associate attorney with Robert B. Fitzpatrick, PLLC, a boutique employment law firm in D.C., where I gained valuable litigation experience handling discrimination and wage and hour matters.

When an opportunity with the EJC arose in late 2013, I felt I had to take it. Few other places, in the D.C. area or around the country, provide such a resource for low-income workers with legal issues with their employer. Whether through its clinic or through its organizing and litigation efforts, the EJC and its holistic approach are without equal. I am excited to contribute to the furtherance of the EJC’s mission, and am looking forward to seeing what the future has in store.