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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Stolen Wages in the Nation’s Capital: New Report Shows Where Wage Claims System Goes Wrong and How DC Can Fix the Problem with the “Wage Theft Prevention Act”

Building on the recent passage of an increase of the minimum wage and expansion of paid leave protections in the District of Columbia, a comprehensive wage theft report and policy proposal titled Stolen Wages in the Nation’s Capital: Fixing DC’s Broken Wage Theft Claims Process was released today highlighting how many businesses fail to comply…

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Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Enhanced Paid Sick Days in DC

Cross-posted from http://www.iwpr.org/blog/2013/11/01/weighing-the-costs-and-benefits-of-enhanced-paid-sick-days-in-dc/ On September 17, DC city councilmembers introduced the “Earned Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act of 2013,” a proposal that would take the current DC paid sick days (PSD) law a step further in providing safeguards to workers in the District. While DC was among the first to pass citywide PSD legislation in 2008, the…

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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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EJC’s Amazing June Wins for Workers

June was the biggest month yet for EJC victories. Here’s a glimpse at all we’ve accomplished with your help this month. DC Council Acts to Prevent Wage Theft Last Wednesday, DC workers scored some major victories when the DC Council passed the Wage Theft Prevention Act as part of this year’s District budget. For years,…

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DC Auditor: Paid Sick Days Law A Success, But There’s a Need to Expand Protections for DC Workers

Washington DC’s local paid sick days law is a success, according to a report released Wednesday by the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA).  The report examined the 2008 law’s impact on businesses, workers, and the economy and found that the percentage of businesses that offered paid sick days increased by 18 percent,…

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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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Report: First Source Crucial to Create Local Jobs

Construction cranes are a typical part of the DC skyline to residents of the nation’s capital, where the construction industry is booming. However, DC residents are sorely underrepresented on the city’s construction sites compared to the rest of the region. A recent study by Good Jobs First reveals that with proper implementation, DC’s local hiring law, known as…

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