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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“The Sweet Taste of Luxury and Justice”: Kulemia’s Story

Kulemia Masalla came to the Workers’ Rights Clinic in 2013 after suffering workplace discrimination. After reviewing her case back in the office, EJC staff realized she had a living wage claim (a higher wage required by a government contract) as well. EJC’s Advocacy team accompanied her to the Office of Wage and Hour and later helped…

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Persistence Pays Off: Worker Retrieves $12,000 in Lost Overtime

*The worker’s name and the name of employer has been changed at the worker’s request*               My name is Saul Mendez. I’ve been living in DC for five years and in the United States for 11 years. I worked for four years at two popular restaurants in Dupont Circle…

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Stories From The Front Lines

This story was written by intern Suzy Jivotovski after an interview with a worker who successfully recovered her wages, and has asked to remain anonymous. I worked for a contracting company doing cleaning work for a hotel in the spring of 2014. I, along with several other women, were told we would be paid $15.95/hr…

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Why We Need The Wage Theft Prevention Act

Last year, the District of Columbia received an F grade on a national report of wage theft laws throughout the United States. It is far too easy for employers in DC to commit wage theft – to refuse to pay all or part of a worker’s regular wages or overtime. And it is far too…

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Workers draw in community, activists at community meeting on wage theft

Joined by over 60 DC workers and activists, the EJC’s worker activist group, Workers Advocating for Greater Equality (WAGE), sent a powerful message to their community at Saturday’s community meeting: stand up to wage theft. Workers shared stories about their experiences with wage theft with other DC workers, activists, and with the DC Councilmember Jim…

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“Finally someone put a stop to it”

Ondina, a 26 year old woman from Honduras, is an exceptionally hard worker. On an average day, Ondina wakes up early, prepares breakfast for her husband, goes to the gym, comes home to shower, and heads off to her first job. After working for eight hours, she heads straight to her second job, arriving home…

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