EJC and Clients Recover Nearly $50,000 from Contractors in Settlements

The D.C. Employment Justice Center is proud to announce that it recently recovered nearly $50,000 in damages for five unpaid workers. These workers, three brothers and two other colleagues, were hired by E.A. Electric, LLC, a small labor broker, to perform electrical installation work at a condominium construction project in northwest Washington. As often happens in unpaid wage…

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Federal Judge Awards $1,470,000 in EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Case Against Z Foods

Workers Who Were Sexually Harassed and Fired for Complaining Vindicated in Court’s Ruling   FRESNO, Calif. – A federal judge has ordered Z Foods, Inc., once one of the largest dried fruit processors in the United States, to pay $1,470,000 in damages in a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment…

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EJC Worker Advocate, Perry Redd, Testifies Before D.C. Council on Housing for Returning Citizens

In mid-July, the EJC voiced support of a bill to make it more difficult for housing providers in the District to discriminate against it’s citizens returning from incarceration after serving time in jail and/or prison.  The bill introduced by Judiciary Committee Chairman Kenyan McDuffie entitled the Fair Criminal Record Screening for Housing Act of 2016,…

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Experienced Non-Profit Executive Philip Fornaci Selected as EJC’s New Executive Director

The Employment Justice Center is delighted to announce the appointment of Philip J. Fornaci, Esq. as incoming executive director. “This is a very exciting time at the Employment Justice Center,” said Board chair Omar Melehy of Melehy & Associates.  “We are rebuilding for and recommitting to the low-income workers of the DC metropolitan area.  Phil…

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EJC-led Wage Theft Protest Featured in Washington Post

In October, EJC staff members and volunteers, together with our coalition partners and members of our workers committee, spearheaded a protest outside Indigo, a restaurant in D.C.’s H St. NE neighborhood. The protest demanded thousands of dollars in unpaid wages for Reyna M., a former Indigo employee. The protest was featured in the Washington Post….

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Honored at EJC’s 2015 Labor Day Breakfast

On September 22, the EJC  celebrated the hard work of our volunteers, staff, Board of Directors, and supporters, in our 15th annual Labor Day Breakfast. The EJC was honored to have AFL-CIO President and long-time fighter for workers’ rights Richard Trumka was there to receive the EJC’s 2015 Champion of Justice Award. In a keynote address,…

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“The Sweet Taste of Luxury and Justice”: Kulemia’s Story

Kulemia Masalla came to the Workers’ Rights Clinic in 2013 after suffering workplace discrimination. After reviewing her case back in the office, EJC staff realized she had a living wage claim (a higher wage required by a government contract) as well. EJC’s Advocacy team accompanied her to the Office of Wage and Hour and later helped…

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Thanks to EJC’s Clinic Volunteers For a Great Year So Far

As our annual Labor Day Awards Breakfast approaches, the staff of the EJC wants to give a great big THANK YOU to all our loyal intake volunteers and advising attorneys who make the EJC’s Workers’ Rights Clinics such a valuable resource to DC-area low-income workers. Intake volunteers like Tammy Craig, a legal assistant at WETA…

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