EJC-led Wage Theft Protest Featured in Washington Post

In October, EJC staff members and volunteers, together with our coalition partners and members of our workers committee, spearheaded a protest outside Indigo, a restaurant in D.C.’s H St. NE neighborhood. The protest demanded thousands of dollars in unpaid wages for Reyna M., a former Indigo employee. The protest was featured in the Washington Post….

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Stop Wage Theft at Indigo!

Last month, EJC and over 40 supporters stood in solidarity with Reyna Maradiaga as she staged a demonstration to demand the wages that she is owed. Reyna worked for Indigo, a popular Indian restaurant, for nearly a year and was consistently paid under the minimum wage and was not paid overtime. “Sometimes I can’t even…

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Preliminary Results of the Community Survey about Workplace Firing

[Mas abajo en espanol] [See below for Spanish] Through process to select a campaign issue with its members, the Workers’ Committee of the Employment Justice Center (EJC) has chosen to focus on combatting unjust firings. The Workers’ Committee formed a research committee, with the goal of creating and completing a survey to more deeply understanding DC workers’ experiences…

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Crossing the finish line to uphold workers’ rights in the District

Last Friday, a broad coalition of worker activists, organizers and advocates came together to liven up the public oversight hearings for the Department of Employment Services (DOES) and Office of Risk Management (ORM). The Employment Justice Center, DC Jobs with Justice, Restaurant Opportunities Center-DC, ONE DC,  UFCW Local 400 and the rest Just Pay Coalition returned…

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Worker Activist Bruno Avila Honored by the Washington Peace Center

Tonight, the Washington Peace Center will host their tenth annual Activist Awards Grassroots Gala, to celebrate all DC activists’ hard work and successes over the past year. The EJC is proud that workers’ committee member Bruno Avila will be honored at this year’s Grassroots Gala with the “Power to the People” award for his hard…

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DC Council Passes Wage Theft Prevention Act

Monday, the DC Wage Theft Coalition celebrated a major victory with the unanimous passage of the Wage Theft Prevention Act by the DC Council. Before heading into the Wilson Building for the final vote, workers and allies rallied on the steps in support of passing the bill with no amendments that would weaken its protections…

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Celebrating Worker Victories with an Eye towards the Future

Celebrating Worker Victories with an Eye towards the Future This week, a jubilant group of D.C. workers, business owners and community supporters braved the searing summer heat to celebrate the first scheduled minimum wage increase to $9.50 per hour, and the District’s paid sick days law expansion to more workers at a press conference in front…

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Delayed Vote on Wage Theft Prevention Act

Earlier this week, workers and allies rallied on the steps of the Wilson Building to demand that the DC Council pass the Wage Theft Prevention Act with no amendments that would weaken the bill’s protections. The bill was scheduled for its first reading and vote. Though the bill was ultimately removed from the agenda, workers and advocates…

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