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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Council Passes Workplace Fraud Act

The D.C. Council passed the Workplace Fraud Amendment Act of 2012 in its last session of 2012. The Act responds to construction businesses that misclassify employees in order to rob them of their earned wages and benefits, which is illegal, but still widely practiced. The Workplace Fraud bill provides for the first time for clear…

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Report: First Source Crucial to Create Local Jobs

Construction cranes are a typical part of the DC skyline to residents of the nation’s capital, where the construction industry is booming. However, DC residents are sorely underrepresented on the city’s construction sites compared to the rest of the region. A recent study by Good Jobs First reveals that with proper implementation, DC’s local hiring law, known as…

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Today’s Council Vote on Workplace Fraud

At today’s legislative meeting, D.C. Councilmembers will vote on the Workplace Fraud Amendment Act of 2012. This bill responds to businesses that misclassify employees in order to rob them of their earned wages and benefits, which is illegal, but still widely practiced. For the sake of workers, taxpayers, and honest businesses that don’t cheat their…

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It’s Raining Tweets: Twitter World Storming Over 2/3 of Workers Being Denied This Basic Right

64% of low-wage workers in cities across the United States reported having some or all of their wages stolen in the prior week. This means that their bosses were paying them below the minimum wage, not paying them overtime or simply not paying them at all. Last week, EJC asked our allies to participate in…

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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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