Federal Court Orders Subcontractors to Pay Over $207,000 to EJC Clients in Wage Theft Case

 On December 22, Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the D.C. federal district court awarded over $207,000 to 13 EJC clients – all carpenters and drywall finishers – in a case under federal and stage wage laws. The case, Freddy Paz Perez, et al. v. C.R. Calderon Construction, Inc., et al., began in 2012, when the…

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EJC Recovers $40,000 for Unpaid Construction Worker

In another recent victory, the EJC recently recovered $40,000 in unpaid wages and damages for a worker who performed weeks of unpaid carpentry work at a local restaurant. In 2011, Eduardo Hernandez worked for several weeks performing renovations at a now-defunct restaurant in the Brookland area of D.C. He was not paid anything for his…

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Federal Judge in Texas Halts Implementation of New Overtime Rule

On November 22, 2016, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the U.S. Department of Labor‘s impending rule expanding the number of workers who would be eligible for overtime pay.  The DOL increased the overtime salary limit below which workers automatically qualified for overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,892. This regulation was scheduled to…

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Stop Wage Theft at Indigo!

Last month, EJC and over 40 supporters stood in solidarity with Reyna Maradiaga as she staged a demonstration to demand the wages that she is owed. Reyna worked for Indigo, a popular Indian restaurant, for nearly a year and was consistently paid under the minimum wage and was not paid overtime. “Sometimes I can’t even…

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Preliminary Results of the Community Survey about Workplace Firing

[Mas abajo en espanol] [See below for Spanish] Through process to select a campaign issue with its members, the Workers’ Committee of the Employment Justice Center (EJC) has chosen to focus on combatting unjust firings. The Workers’ Committee formed a research committee, with the goal of creating and completing a survey to more deeply understanding DC workers’ experiences…

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New Leadership at the EJC

Although filling Barbra’s shoes won’t be easy, we are incredibly lucky to welcome Keira McNett as our Acting Executive Director. We are excited to have an Acting Executive Director who is able to continue the EJC’s proud 15-year tradition and who is already a member of the EJC family.

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Did you get your raise?! – Just Pay Coalition and DOES celebrate minimum wage increase to $10.50

Last Wednesday, the EJC and the Just Pay Coalition teamed up with the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) to ask all minimum wage workers in DC a simple question: “Did you get your raise?!” The joint outreach effort, in which volunteers were stationed at busy metro stations and corridors across the city, ensured that…

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DC Auditor Calls for Proactive Enforcement of DC’s Paid Sick Days Law

The DC auditor released its report on the Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law. Unsurprisingly, they came to the same conclusion that we did: DOES needs to continue moving towards proactive enforcement.

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