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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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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Highlighting the EJC’s Pro Bono Program

    Every Wednesday, the EJC holds workers’ rights clinics to provide low-wage workers with walk-in legal advice on employment issues. Occasionally, the EJC is able to take on some of these cases in-house and provide full-representation to a worker. In other instances, the EJC refers some of these cases out to its pro bono…

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$10,000 Settlement Reached in Unpaid Overtime Case

Earlier this week, three EJC clients received their full unpaid wages and partial liquidated damages as part of a $10,000 settlement agreement with a former employer. The clients worked for about two months as electricians and electrician’s assistants, renovating a fast-food restaurant in a small town in eastern Maryland. At the beginning of the project, their supervisor…

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Victory for EJC’s Wage Theft Collections Program

With the assistance of the EJC’s litigation team, George Coleman settled his wage theft claims against his former employer, Sweet Mango Café on November 30, 2012. Yet, it wasn’t long before the owners of Sweet Mango Café broke the agreement and stopped paying him the wages he was owed. EJC Staff Attorney, John Daroff, pursued…

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EJC Partners with Legal Aid to Assist Clients with Unemployment Compensation Cases

Clients come into the EJC’s Workers’ Rights Clinic with a variety of employment law problems, and the EJC is fortunate to be able to refer some cases to experts in various areas. Drake Hagner at Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia is one such expert we are very grateful to be able to…

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EJC Brings Georgetown Wage Thief to Justice

In addition to our advocacy victories, EJC has also had a banner year on the legal services end of the office! This year, through our in-house litigation, referred cases, and our pro se Workers’ Rights Clinic, we have assisted clients in recovering well over $800,000 (and we are still counting!). Although we are very proud…

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