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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A huge six months: EJC recovers over $500,000 in first half of 2013

Every year, we at the EJC try to return at least $500,000.00 to the pockets of low wage workers who have experienced wage theft and other forms of workplace injustice. We do this through our workers’ rights clinic, through in-house legal representation, worker organizing, and through referring cases to pro bono attorneys. We are proud…

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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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I Can Smile Now

When Sandra’s* employer refused to pay her $4,200 of her wages, Sandra fought back. Sandra began working as a home health aid in January 2010 for a home health agency, earning $10.50 per hour. She worked hard to ensure her ill and elderly patients consistently received the best care from her possible, yet she herself could…

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Check out the EJC’s 2012 Annual Report!

Read about all the amazing work you have helped the Employment Justice Center to do and the many workers we’ve been able to assist! Some highlights…  In 2012, we were able to:

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Testimony of James Reese, DOES Performance Oversight Hearing

On Monday, March 4, 2013, James Reese 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 video and prepared text of his testimony. Good morning Councilmembers: My name is James A. Reese, Jr. I’m here to testify about my experience…

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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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Yesterday, I handed a settlement check to a former slave

Yesterday, I handed a lawsuit settlement check to a former slave. Can you believe the year is 2012 and I work in the nation’s capital? We still see extraordinary workplace abuses: a man who had worked for $100 a week for years; a woman who had been fired for leaving the factory floor to go…

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