Remembering Monsignor Oscar Romero

  During my trip to El Salvador this week, I visited the Memorial Wall in Parque Cuscatlan, a huge monument with 30,000 names of those killed or “disappeared” during the 1980-1992 Civil War in El Salvador. A few weeks after the annual “Day of the Dead“, the Wall was still decorated with dried flowers, handwritten…

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Black Lives Matter: A Statement of Solidarity

The Employment Justice Center believes that in securing, protecting and promoting workplace justice for the most vulnerable among us, we raise the floor for workplace justice for all of us. This is the central tenet of the work we do every day and forms the basis of our legal, organizing and advocacy work. Implicit in…

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Spread the Word and Support EJC on “Giving Tuesday”, Dec. 2

  The #GivingTuesday movement was first announced in October 2012, when a group of friends and partners, led by the 92nd Street Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association in Manhattan, came together to find ways to promote and celebrate the great American tradition of giving. As a response to the major advertising campaigns kicking…

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Ensuring DC Parents Know About Paid Sick Days

  It’s fall in DC, which means that temperatures are cooling, the leaves are changing, and parents happily took their children back to their first day of school. This year, the EJC and the Paid Sick Days Coalition went back to school with them, educating DC parents about their right to paid sick days when…

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Could Paid Family Leave Be Next in the District?

This September, the Department of Labor announced that Washington D.C.  will receive a $96,000 grant from the federal government to help assist in planning and start-up of a paid leave program to ensure all District workers are able to access affordable family leave. The funds can be used for planning purposes, such as designing the program…

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Exciting Changes at Clinic!

    After a brief break from clinics in August to reorganize and revamp, the EJC started September off with a brand new clinic schedule, a highly anticipated intake volunteer training, and an exciting new partnership with the Neighborhood Legal Service Program in SE. The majority of the changes concerned our SE clinic site, and…

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“When we are united, we can do anything” – Workers React to the Wage Theft Prevention Act Victory

On Friday, Mayor Gray signed the Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2014. Click here to see the bill or here for a marked up version of the DC Code that shows the changes that will be made once the legislation goes into effect in late November or early December. The legislation was passed after years of organizing, strategizing and…

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Paid Sick Days are for Kids Too!

Imagine you or your child gets sick and must go to the doctor, but you can’t afford to take the day off because if you lose your pay, you won’t be able to pay your rent or other bills. What would you do? Fortunately, because of the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act, fewer families need…

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