Testimony of Eliseo Hernandez, DOES Performance Oversight Hearing

On Monday, March 4, 2013, Eliseo Hernandez 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 his testimony: My name is Eliseo Hernandez and I am a resident of the District of Columbia. My story shows that the Office of…

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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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Wage theft: the human cost of cutting corners

Each week at the Workers’ Rights Clinic, the EJC is seeing a growing number of workers who have been plagued by the perils of wage theft. Workers are being denied overtime pay, being paid below minimum wage, having their paychecks delayed, or even not being paid at all. Employers are getting away with this robbery…

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Council Passes Workplace Fraud Act

The D.C. Council passed the Workplace Fraud Amendment Act of 2012 in its last session of 2012. The Act responds to construction businesses that misclassify employees in order to rob them of their earned wages and benefits, which is illegal, but still widely practiced. The Workplace Fraud bill provides for the first time for clear…

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Today’s Council Vote on Workplace Fraud

At today’s legislative meeting, D.C. Councilmembers will vote on the Workplace Fraud Amendment Act of 2012. This bill responds to businesses that misclassify employees in order to rob them of their earned wages and benefits, which is illegal, but still widely practiced. For the sake of workers, taxpayers, and honest businesses that don’t cheat their…

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It’s Raining Tweets: Twitter World Storming Over 2/3 of Workers Being Denied This Basic Right

64% of low-wage workers in cities across the United States reported having some or all of their wages stolen in the prior week. This means that their bosses were paying them below the minimum wage, not paying them overtime or simply not paying them at all. Last week, EJC asked our allies to participate in…

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What would you do if your boss slipped $50 out of your wallet every week?

For many low-wage workers, it’s not a hypothetical question. Businesses routinely refuse to pay the correct hourly wage, dodge taxes by misclassifying workers, refuse to pay workers earned overtime, and make employees work “off the clock.” More than 2 out of 3 low-wage workers experienced at least one type of wage theft in the previous…

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