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EJC in the News: Immigrants vulnerable as recession spurs more bosses to shortchange workers

Those without legal status or English speaking abilities are often the victim of wage theft, and have been increasingly abused because of the recession. At the D.C. Employment Justice Center, the number of unpaid wage cases reached 317, a significant increase, said Lisa Guerra, the lawyer who handles such cases. Mackenzie Baris, lead organizer with...

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Matthew Mellon Testimony

The EJC's legal and policy associate Matthew Mellon testified at the hearing about the challenges that limited-English proficient ("LEP) workers face and how the Office has failed to address these problems. Video of Testimony

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EJC in the News: Confusion about the new sick-leave law in D.C.

D.C. Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Lang said that local businesses "are under no obligation to do anything" regarding the Paid Sick and Safe Leave Act. Ms. Lang has issued a written statement saying that her quote was not intended to suggest that businesses can ignore the law until the regulations come out. EJC's Courtney...

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EJC in the News: Why does it take so Long?

The 2008 sick new law's implementation has been delayed. Courtney Chappell, cites specific evidence that the DoES is dragging its feet deliberately. Chappell suggested that employers don’t want the regulations issued because the mayor then would be required to notify all employers in the District of their sickpay obligations—and workers, she said, would be informed...

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EJC in the News: Many workers unaware of D.C. sick-leave law passed in 2008

In March 2008, the D.C. Council unanimously passed the sick-leave measure, which requires seven paid sick days to be offered at the largest companies and three days for those with 24 or fewer employees. Business leaders successfully fought to narrow the measure to exempt such workers as independent contractors, restaurant wait staff and bartenders, in...

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