Demand that Large Retailers Pay a Living Wage

Tomorrow morning, EJC Advocacy Manager Ari Weisbard will be testifying on the Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013 before the D.C. Council Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs. This important legislation would raise wage standards for employees of large retailer big box stores like Walmart and Home Depot. Help support the passage by joining…

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Video: Workers and EJC ask Councilmember Barry to help them collect $260,000 in unpaid wages

Activists from DC Employment Justice Center, DC Jobs with Justice, and the DC Wage Theft Coalition packed the room at the Wilson Building on Monday morning at the performance oversight hearing for the Department of Employment Services (DOES). Before heading into the hearing, activists stopped Councilmember Marion Barry to thank him for his work to…

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EJC Serves Up Justice for Local Restaurant Worker Deprived Of Her Wages

In 1980, Maria Alvarez* started working at a well-known D.C. Spanish restaurant. Maria was more than an employee: for nearly thirty years she was an instrumental part of the restaurant’s business. She waited tables, bartended, bussed tables, managed operations, and even served as security in the later hours. Each week, she worked up to eighty…

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Eat and Tweet Your Values

Restaurant Week is upon us. From February 4th through 10th, people in DC will venture out to new restaurants and enjoy a discounted three-course meal.  But as you head toward some of your favorite spots in the city, don’t forget about the waiters and waitresses who serve your food. Did you know that over 80% of restaurant workers in…

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Wage theft: the human cost of cutting corners

Each week at the Workers’ Rights Clinic, the EJC is seeing a growing number of workers who have been plagued by the perils of wage theft. Workers are being denied overtime pay, being paid below minimum wage, having their paychecks delayed, or even not being paid at all. Employers are getting away with this robbery…

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Falling Sick, Losing livelihood: Why We Need to Strengthen D.C.’s Paid Sick Days Law

Diane Wilkes enjoyed her job more than most. After struggling with depression for years, her position as an office cleaner gave her a sense of purpose and pride. In mid December of 2012, as the temperatures dropped and people throughout the District began to fall ill with the season’s first bout of flu, Ms. Wilkes…

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Washington Post’s Petula Dvorak Profiles Injured Worker Who Lost Her Job and Is Now Homeless

A recent column by Petula Dvorak in the Washington Post sheds light on the unfortunate reality that funding cuts for homeless shelters in the District are leaving many out in the cold. Specifically, the article gives voice to a woman and her two-year-old child who worry on a nightly basis about where they will be able to…

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Fair Budget Coalition Gets Mayor Gray’s Attention

EJC staff and several other members of DC’s Fair Budget Coalition showed up at Mayor Gray’s press conference today and grabbed the Mayor’s attention for an impromptu discussion of the needs of DC’s lower income residents. We pushed him to invest in programs and policies that help people afford to live in their community, protect…

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