Stories From The Front Lines

This story was written by intern Suzy Jivotovski after an interview with a worker who successfully recovered her wages, and has asked to remain anonymous. I worked for a contracting company doing cleaning work for a hotel in the spring of 2014. I, along with several other women, were told we would be paid $15.95/hr…

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DC Council Passes Wage Theft Prevention Act

Monday, the DC Wage Theft Coalition celebrated a major victory with the unanimous passage of the Wage Theft Prevention Act by the DC Council. Before heading into the Wilson Building for the final vote, workers and allies rallied on the steps in support of passing the bill with no amendments that would weaken its protections…

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May Day Kick-off!

Happy May Day! On April 30, 2014, EJC kicked off the spring with our first annual May Day event. As many of you know, May 1 was International Worker’s Day, and we celebrated the international labor movement by hosting a community briefing on the “Wage Theft Prevention Act”. Staff Attorney, Andrew Hass gave an insightful…

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Delayed Vote on Wage Theft Prevention Act

Earlier this week, workers and allies rallied on the steps of the Wilson Building to demand that the DC Council pass the Wage Theft Prevention Act with no amendments that would weaken the bill’s protections. The bill was scheduled for its first reading and vote. Though the bill was ultimately removed from the agenda, workers and advocates…

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National Coverage of Workplace Justice Issues

The Employment Justice Center has been fighting hard for more workplace justice in the D.C. metro area, and has achieved several recent, important successes that will help improve the lives and livelihoods of many workers and their families. We got an increase in the minimum wage, which is going up to $9.50 on July 1…

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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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