Employees Unlawfully Disciplined for In-Store Protest, Labor Board Decides

Six employees who stopped work and engaged in an in-store protest over their alleged mistreatment by a supervisor and to secure permanent jobs for temporary employees were unlawfully disciplined, the National Labor Relations Board has determined. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 364 NLRB No. 118 (Aug. 27, 2016). The Board termed the protest a “relatively small, brief, peaceful…

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Brookland Manor Families & ONE DC File Lawsuit Against Mid-City; Residents Organize Against Displacement, Harassment, & Intimidation

The proposed redevelopment of Brookland Manor will eliminate and reduce family-sized housing for nearly 150 families. This redevelopment will eliminate significant affordable family sized housing in the Brentwood neighborhood and force ONE DC members and residents to move from the community in which they have long resided and which they call home. The exclusion of…

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Qui Tam Whistleblowers Successful in $11 Million Settlement of False Claims Act Lawsuit Against Marinello Schools of Beauty

For-profit beauty school chain Marinello Schools of Beauty was sued for allegedly defrauding the federal government through embellished and often falsified claims of enrollment, post-graduate employment, and entitlement to federal funding. Marinello officials stated they “strongly and categorically” deny the allegations made in the suit, calling them “utterly false” and adding that the settlement did…

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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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Vincent Orange to Resign from DC Council After Public Controversy Taking the Reigns at Chamber of Commerce

Quoted on Friday, At-large DC Council member Vincent B. Orange said he will resign his seat in the face of a groundswell of criticism about his decision to accept the top spot leading the DC Chamber of Commerce while serving on the DC Council, the city’s legislative body.  Orange, who lost his reelection bid in…

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Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise to Pay $150,000 to Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Doughnut Franchise Manager Sexually Harassed Young Female Employees, Some in Their Teens, and Retaliated Against Worker Who Resisted Advances, Federal Agency Charged NEW YORK – Hillcrest Marshall, Inc., which owns multiple Dunkin’ Donuts franchises in Westchester County, N.Y., will pay $150,000 to former employees to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal…

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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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DC Auditor Calls for Proactive Enforcement of DC’s Paid Sick Days Law

The DC auditor released its report on the Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law. Unsurprisingly, they came to the same conclusion that we did: DOES needs to continue moving towards proactive enforcement.

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