Federal Court Orders Subcontractors to Pay Over $207,000 to EJC Clients in Wage Theft Case

 On December 22, Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the D.C. federal district court awarded over $207,000 to 13 EJC clients – all carpenters and drywall finishers – in a case under federal and stage wage laws. The case, Freddy Paz Perez, et al. v. C.R. Calderon Construction, Inc., et al., began in 2012, when the…

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EJC Recovers $40,000 for Unpaid Construction Worker

In another recent victory, the EJC recently recovered $40,000 in unpaid wages and damages for a worker who performed weeks of unpaid carpentry work at a local restaurant. In 2011, Eduardo Hernandez worked for several weeks performing renovations at a now-defunct restaurant in the Brookland area of D.C. He was not paid anything for his…

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Federal Judge in Texas Halts Implementation of New Overtime Rule

On November 22, 2016, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the U.S. Department of Labor‘s impending rule expanding the number of workers who would be eligible for overtime pay.  The DOL increased the overtime salary limit below which workers automatically qualified for overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,892. This regulation was scheduled to…

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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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Black-White Wage Gaps Expand with Rising Wage Inequality

Black-white wage gaps are larger today than they were in 1979, but the increase has not occurred along a straight line. During the early 1980s, rising unemployment, declining unionization, and policies such as the failure to raise the minimum wage and lax enforcement of anti-discrimination laws contributed to the growing black-white wage gap. During the…

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EJC Welcomes New Legal Director, LaToya Bell

LaToya Bell joined EJC as the Legal Director in August 2016. Prior to joining the EJC team, LaToya developed extensive and invaluable criminal litigation experience as an Assistant Public Defender with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. During her four years with OPD, LaToya delivered solid legal representation to the under-served communities on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

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Federal Judge Awards $1,470,000 in EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Case Against Z Foods

Workers Who Were Sexually Harassed and Fired for Complaining Vindicated in Court’s Ruling   FRESNO, Calif. – A federal judge has ordered Z Foods, Inc., once one of the largest dried fruit processors in the United States, to pay $1,470,000 in damages in a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment…

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EJC Worker Advocate, Perry Redd, Testifies Before D.C. Council on Housing for Returning Citizens

In mid-July, the EJC voiced support of a bill to make it more difficult for housing providers in the District to discriminate against it’s citizens returning from incarceration after serving time in jail and/or prison.  The bill introduced by Judiciary Committee Chairman Kenyan McDuffie entitled the Fair Criminal Record Screening for Housing Act of 2016,…

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