EJC and Clients Recover Nearly $50,000 from Contractors in Settlements

The D.C. Employment Justice Center is proud to announce that it recently recovered nearly $50,000 in damages for five unpaid workers. These workers, three brothers and two other colleagues, were hired by E.A. Electric, LLC, a small labor broker, to perform electrical installation work at a condominium construction project in northwest Washington. As often happens in unpaid wage…

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Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise to Pay $150,000 to Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Doughnut Franchise Manager Sexually Harassed Young Female Employees, Some in Their Teens, and Retaliated Against Worker Who Resisted Advances, Federal Agency Charged NEW YORK – Hillcrest Marshall, Inc., which owns multiple Dunkin’ Donuts franchises in Westchester County, N.Y., will pay $150,000 to former employees to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal…

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Did you get your raise?! – Just Pay Coalition and DOES celebrate minimum wage increase to $10.50

Last Wednesday, the EJC and the Just Pay Coalition teamed up with the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) to ask all minimum wage workers in DC a simple question: “Did you get your raise?!” The joint outreach effort, in which volunteers were stationed at busy metro stations and corridors across the city, ensured that…

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Persistence Pays Off: Worker Retrieves $12,000 in Lost Overtime

*The worker’s name and the name of employer has been changed at the worker’s request*               My name is Saul Mendez. I’ve been living in DC for five years and in the United States for 11 years. I worked for four years at two popular restaurants in Dupont Circle…

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“When we are united, we can do anything” – Workers React to the Wage Theft Prevention Act Victory

On Friday, Mayor Gray signed the Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2014. Click here to see the bill or here for a marked up version of the DC Code that shows the changes that will be made once the legislation goes into effect in late November or early December. The legislation was passed after years of organizing, strategizing and…

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Paid Sick Days are for Kids Too!

Imagine you or your child gets sick and must go to the doctor, but you can’t afford to take the day off because if you lose your pay, you won’t be able to pay your rent or other bills. What would you do? Fortunately, because of the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act, fewer families need…

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Celebrating Worker Victories with an Eye towards the Future

Celebrating Worker Victories with an Eye towards the Future This week, a jubilant group of D.C. workers, business owners and community supporters braved the searing summer heat to celebrate the first scheduled minimum wage increase to $9.50 per hour, and the District’s paid sick days law expansion to more workers at a press conference in front…

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EJC Partners with Legal Aid to Assist Clients with Unemployment Compensation Cases

Clients come into the EJC’s Workers’ Rights Clinic with a variety of employment law problems, and the EJC is fortunate to be able to refer some cases to experts in various areas. Drake Hagner at Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia is one such expert we are very grateful to be able to…

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