Workers draw in community, activists at community meeting on wage theft

Joined by over 60 DC workers and activists, the EJC’s worker activist group, Workers Advocating for Greater Equality (WAGE), sent a powerful message to their community at Saturday’s community meeting: stand up to wage theft. Workers shared stories about their experiences with wage theft with other DC workers, activists, and with the DC Councilmember Jim…

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New Litigation Counsel Andrew Hass Excited to (Re-)Join the EJC

I am thrilled to be re-joining the EJC as Litigation Counsel. In this role, I will be representing low-income workers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, primarily in cases of unpaid wages. In many cases I will be working alongside private attorneys with decades of experience in employment law, and will have the…

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Stolen Wages in the Nation’s Capital: New Report Shows Where Wage Claims System Goes Wrong and How DC Can Fix the Problem with the “Wage Theft Prevention Act”

Building on the recent passage of an increase of the minimum wage and expansion of paid leave protections in the District of Columbia, a comprehensive wage theft report and policy proposal titled Stolen Wages in the Nation’s Capital: Fixing DC’s Broken Wage Theft Claims Process was released today highlighting how many businesses fail to comply…

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DC Council Introduces Wage Theft Prevention Act

This morning, Councilmember Vincent Orange (At-Large), Councilmember Jim Graham (Ward 1), and Councilmember Mary Cheh (Ward 3) co-introduced the Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2014 at the DC Council legislative session. The bill will dramatically improve the ability of District workers to collect unpaid wages. “For low wage earners, wage theft can result in severe…

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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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Enforcement at EJC

On May 29, 2013, Victor Hernandez received a judgment of $47,736 in unpaid wages, fees and damages against his former employer, Mexican Fruits, LLC.  Most people would expect that to be the end of the story, but fortunately for Victor, the EJC is helping to make sure there is a happy ending to this one. Many people do not…

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“Finally someone put a stop to it”

Ondina, a 26 year old woman from Honduras, is an exceptionally hard worker. On an average day, Ondina wakes up early, prepares breakfast for her husband, goes to the gym, comes home to shower, and heads off to her first job. After working for eight hours, she heads straight to her second job, arriving home…

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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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