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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EJC-led Wage Theft Protest Featured in Washington Post

In October, EJC staff members and volunteers, together with our coalition partners and members of our workers committee, spearheaded a protest outside Indigo, a restaurant in D.C.’s H St. NE neighborhood. The protest demanded thousands of dollars in unpaid wages for Reyna M., a former Indigo employee. The protest was featured in the Washington Post….

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Stop Wage Theft at Indigo!

Last month, EJC and over 40 supporters stood in solidarity with Reyna Maradiaga as she staged a demonstration to demand the wages that she is owed. Reyna worked for Indigo, a popular Indian restaurant, for nearly a year and was consistently paid under the minimum wage and was not paid overtime. “Sometimes I can’t even…

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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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DC Worker Wins Her Fight Against Wage Theft

“Mariana” got a job at her friend’s business but still ended up facing Wage Theft. Fortunately, with her own courage and a little help from the worker’s committee, she was able to recover her lost wages.

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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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Worker Activist Bruno Avila Honored by the Washington Peace Center

Tonight, the Washington Peace Center will host their tenth annual Activist Awards Grassroots Gala, to celebrate all DC activists’ hard work and successes over the past year. The EJC is proud that workers’ committee member Bruno Avila will be honored at this year’s Grassroots Gala with the “Power to the People” award for his hard…

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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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