“We must not be afraid to speak and do what is right”

EJC client Rosa Ramos speaks in her own words about her experience with wage theft. People here in Washington, DC often go to Indian restaurants. It is a very commercialized cuisine in the United States. From the outside patio on 19th and Pennsylvania you can feel and taste the dishes like butter chicken or the curries that are offered…

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Media Advisory: Wage Theft Victims Rally in Protest of Stolen Pay

Contact: Ari Weisbard, Deputy Director, Employment Justice Center   aweisbard@dcejc.org, 202-670-1590 Worker Contact: Emma Cleveland, Employment Justice Organizer, Employment Justice Center                                                               emma@dcejc.org, 202-802-1334 On…

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A Life Sentence

On Monday, February 10, 2014, Councilmember Tommy Wells convened a hearing on the “Fair Criminal Records Screening Act of 2014”, otherwise known as the “Ban the Box bill”. This landmark bill, introduced on January 7, 2014, would remove barriers to gainful employment for returning citizens or people with arrest records. It would prohibit private employers…

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Mayor Gray Signs Paid Sick Days and Minimum Wage Bills

Mayor Vincent Gray has now signed both the Minimum Wage Amendment Act and the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act of 2013. After 3 years of organizing, strategizing and campaigning by the Employment Justice Center and our allies, the District of Columbia will have just about the strongest minimum wage and paid sick days…

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Paid Sick Days and Minimum Wage Hearing Draws Hundreds of Supporters

One hundred and forty people, passionate about strengthening the paid sick days law in DC and raising the minimum wage, signed up to testify at Monday’s hearing at the DC Council. Dozens of other DC residents attended the hearing to show their support for both these measures. The Paid Sick Days for All Coalition, led…

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Paid Sick Days for All Campaign Organizer

Paid Sick Days for All Campaign Organizer Paid Sick Days for All is a local DC coalition campaigning to pass legislation to strengthen DC’s paid sick days law to ensure that all DC workers can earn paid sick days, including tipped restaurant workers and recently hired workers who are not protected by DC’s current law….

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“Finally someone put a stop to it”

Ondina, a 26 year old woman from Honduras, is an exceptionally hard worker. On an average day, Ondina wakes up early, prepares breakfast for her husband, goes to the gym, comes home to shower, and heads off to her first job. After working for eight hours, she heads straight to her second job, arriving home…

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Flava Happy Hour for Paid Sick Days Huge Success

At Tuesday’s happy hour, we heard from activists, restaurant workers and politicians alike – all coming together to share their support for paid sick days for all. Here are Belinda Sheppard (owner of Flava) and Losia Nyankale (who works at Luna Grill and Diner in Dupont), speaking about their own experiences in the restaurant industry:…

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