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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EJC Advocacy Win: DC Auditor Commits to Study Impact of DC’s Paid Sick Leave Law

It’s been four years since the District passed the lauded Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008. However, as the Washington Post reports, the District has failed to conduct an audit to review how effective the policy has been at protecting District workers, even though one is required by statute. The D.C. Employment Justice…

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What would you do if your boss slipped $50 out of your wallet every week?

For many low-wage workers, it’s not a hypothetical question. Businesses routinely refuse to pay the correct hourly wage, dodge taxes by misclassifying workers, refuse to pay workers earned overtime, and make employees work “off the clock.” More than 2 out of 3 low-wage workers experienced at least one type of wage theft in the previous…

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