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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DC Just Passed Great Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Days Bills. What’s in them?

Congratulations to all DC workers and to the advocates who helped push the DC Council to pass unanimously the Fair Minimum Wage Act and Earned Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act of 2013 today without allowing the bills to be weakened by amendments. Although news reports have shared some of the highlights of the worker…

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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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A huge six months: EJC recovers over $500,000 in first half of 2013

Every year, we at the EJC try to return at least $500,000.00 to the pockets of low wage workers who have experienced wage theft and other forms of workplace injustice. We do this through our workers’ rights clinic, through in-house legal representation, worker organizing, and through referring cases to pro bono attorneys. We are proud…

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Victory! Eight Workers Recover $75,000 in Unpaid Wages

With EJC’s assistance, eight workers were able to settle their wage theft claims and recover $75,000 in unpaid wages against a downtown DC restaurant. (Due to the settlement agreement, we can’t disclose the restaurant’s name.) Humberto*  worked for two years at the restaurant for 50 hours a week. He earned a flat weekly rate of…

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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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Victory: Large Retailer Accountability Act Passes DC Council, 8-5

On Wednesday, the Large Retailer Accountability Act (LRAA) passed its second reading before the DC Council!  This important legislation would raise wage standards for employees of large retailer big box stores like Walmart and Home Depot, by requiring all retailers with revenue over $1 billion and stores over 75,000 square feet to pay their workers the…

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EJC’s Amazing June Wins for Workers

June was the biggest month yet for EJC victories. Here’s a glimpse at all we’ve accomplished with your help this month. DC Council Acts to Prevent Wage Theft Last Wednesday, DC workers scored some major victories when the DC Council passed the Wage Theft Prevention Act as part of this year’s District budget. For years,…

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