EJC Worker Advocate, Perry Redd, Testifies Before D.C. Council on Housing for Returning Citizens

In mid-July, the EJC voiced support of a bill to make it more difficult for housing providers in the District to discriminate against it’s citizens returning from incarceration after serving time in jail and/or prison.  The bill introduced by Judiciary Committee Chairman Kenyan McDuffie entitled the Fair Criminal Record Screening for Housing Act of 2016,…

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Crossing the finish line to uphold workers’ rights in the District

Last Friday, a broad coalition of worker activists, organizers and advocates came together to liven up the public oversight hearings for the Department of Employment Services (DOES) and Office of Risk Management (ORM). The Employment Justice Center, DC Jobs with Justice, Restaurant Opportunities Center-DC, ONE DC,  UFCW Local 400 and the rest Just Pay Coalition returned…

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Why We Need The Wage Theft Prevention Act

Last year, the District of Columbia received an F grade on a national report of wage theft laws throughout the United States. It is far too easy for employers in DC to commit wage theft – to refuse to pay all or part of a worker’s regular wages or overtime. And it is far too…

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“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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Workers Rally and Testify to Stop Wage Theft in DC

On Friday, workers braved the last of the wintry weather to continue to send the message to the DC Council that they must put an end to wage theft. More than 75 workers, community members, unions, and advocates turned out to the rally and hearing to hear worker testimony in favor of the Wage Theft…

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Workers draw in community, activists at community meeting on wage theft

Joined by over 60 DC workers and activists, the EJC’s worker activist group, Workers Advocating for Greater Equality (WAGE), sent a powerful message to their community at Saturday’s community meeting: stand up to wage theft. Workers shared stories about their experiences with wage theft with other DC workers, activists, and with the DC Councilmember Jim…

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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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I Can Smile Now

When Sandra’s* employer refused to pay her $4,200 of her wages, Sandra fought back. Sandra began working as a home health aid in January 2010 for a home health agency, earning $10.50 per hour. She worked hard to ensure her ill and elderly patients consistently received the best care from her possible, yet she herself could…

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