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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Flava Happy Hour for Paid Sick Days Huge Success

At Tuesday’s happy hour, we heard from activists, restaurant workers and politicians alike – all coming together to share their support for paid sick days for all. Here are Belinda Sheppard (owner of Flava) and Losia Nyankale (who works at Luna Grill and Diner in Dupont), speaking about their own experiences in the restaurant industry:…

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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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We are going to get it done

When Ray Hamlet went to the DC Office of Wage and Hour to file a claim for unpaid wages, he did not expect to be given the wrong information about how much money he was owed. But that is what happened when he went to report the thousands of dollars in overtime and unpaid wages…

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Is This How Our Government Treats Its Employees?

Sandra Reed was a DC government worker in law enforcement for over ten years when she was injured on the job. While working in a jail, Ms. Reed was charged by a group of inmates who wanted to get their meal-tickets from her. In an effort to avoid being charged, Ms. Reed stepped backwards and tripped over a…

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Testimony of David Melendez, Treasurer of United Workers of DC, DOES Performance Oversight Hearing

On Monday, March 4, 2013, David Melendez, Treasurer of United Workers of DC, 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. (Download Microsoft Silverlight to view this DC Council video.) Good morning…

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Video: Workers and EJC ask Councilmember Barry to help them collect $260,000 in unpaid wages

Activists from DC Employment Justice Center, DC Jobs with Justice, and the DC Wage Theft Coalition packed the room at the Wilson Building on Monday morning at the performance oversight hearing for the Department of Employment Services (DOES). Before heading into the hearing, activists stopped Councilmember Marion Barry to thank him for his work to…

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