Victory! DC Council Passes Stronger Protections Against Wage Theft

Yesterday, DC workers scored some major victories yesterday when the DC Council passed the Wage Theft Prevention Act as part of this year’s District budget. The Act contained unprecedented protections against wage theft, including allowing for damages up to triple the unpaid wages when businesses steal from their employees. “This is a huge leap forward…

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Breaking: DOES Director Announces Increase of Wage Enforcement Office Staff to 8!

In response to our advocacy by the D.C. Wage Theft Coalition, including the Employment Justice Center, DOES Director Lisa Mallory announced new plans today to increase Office of Wage-Hour Staff to eight full-time employees! Watch below: (Download Silverlight to view DC Council videos.)

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Video: Workers and EJC ask Councilmember Barry to help them collect $260,000 in unpaid wages

Activists from DC Employment Justice Center, DC Jobs with Justice, and the DC Wage Theft Coalition packed the room at the Wilson Building on Monday morning at the performance oversight hearing for the Department of Employment Services (DOES). Before heading into the hearing, activists stopped Councilmember Marion Barry to thank him for his work to…

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Testimony of Solange Ayuk, DOES Performance Oversight Hearing

On Monday, March 4, 2013, Solange Ayuk testified before the DC Council’s Committee on Workforce and Community Affairs about her experiences with wage theft and the Office of Wage-Hour. Below is video and prepared text her testimony. My name is Solange Ayuk, and my testimony today demonstrates that even when we are successful in our…

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Testimony of James Reese, DOES Performance Oversight Hearing

On Monday, March 4, 2013, James Reese testified before the DC Council’s Committee on Workforce and Community Affairs about his experiences with wage theft and the Office of Wage-Hour. Below is video and prepared text of his testimony. Good morning Councilmembers: My name is James A. Reese, Jr. I’m here to testify about my experience…

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Testimony of Jose Ramirez, DOES Performance Oversight Hearing

On Monday, March 4, 2013, Jose Ramirez testified before the DC Council’s Committee on Workforce and Community Affairs about his experiences with wage theft and the Office of Wage-Hour. Below is video and prepared text of his testimony. My name is Jose Ramirez and my testimony about my experience at the DC Office of Wage-Hour…

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EJC Serves Up Justice for Local Restaurant Worker Deprived Of Her Wages

In 1980, Maria Alvarez* started working at a well-known D.C. Spanish restaurant. Maria was more than an employee: for nearly thirty years she was an instrumental part of the restaurant’s business. She waited tables, bartended, bussed tables, managed operations, and even served as security in the later hours. Each week, she worked up to eighty…

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Tacklebox Workers Win $4237 of Justice

Video of action narrated by Employment Justice Center Organizer Hannah Kane: Three former employees of Tacklebox and Hook restaurants in Georgetown returned to their old employer today to demand again the thousands of dollars of unpaid wages they had been trying to collect for more than half a year after their initial paychecks bounced. By…

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