Testimony of James Reese, DOES Performance Oversight Hearing

On Monday, March 4, 2013, James Reese 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. Good morning Councilmembers: My name is James A. Reese, Jr. I’m here to testify about my experience…

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Testimony of Eliseo Hernandez, DOES Performance Oversight Hearing

On Monday, March 4, 2013, Eliseo Hernandez 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 his testimony: My name is Eliseo Hernandez and I am a resident of the District of Columbia. My story shows that the Office of…

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EJC Serves Up Justice for Local Restaurant Worker Deprived Of Her Wages

In 1980, Maria Alvarez* started working at a well-known D.C. Spanish restaurant. Maria was more than an employee: for nearly thirty years she was an instrumental part of the restaurant’s business. She waited tables, bartended, bussed tables, managed operations, and even served as security in the later hours. Each week, she worked up to eighty…

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Yesterday, I handed a settlement check to a former slave

Yesterday, I handed a lawsuit settlement check to a former slave. Can you believe the year is 2012 and I work in the nation’s capital? We still see extraordinary workplace abuses: a man who had worked for $100 a week for years; a woman who had been fired for leaving the factory floor to go…

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Shirley’s Story

“Working with EJC – they have helped me get my benefits restored that were stolen from me for over seven years and they are still helping me to get my life insurance and my retirement benefits that have been illegally stolen, withheld or have disappeared.” -Shirley Shirley was injured on the job with the DC…

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Carolina’s Story

“I just want to say that I’m very grateful to E.J.C. for all of the advice and the support they’ve given me.” -Carolina When the owner of the company she worked at started to sexually harass her, Carolina tried to protect herself by telling her coworkers, but nobody had the power to stop him.  When…

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Andrew’s Story

“I’m here because my job wouldn’t give me my pay stubs and they were taking money out of my check without my knowledge” -Andrew Andrew works in construction, and his specialty is glass. One of his previous employers automatically deducted anything Andrew broke out of his paycheck. This practice is illegal unless the employer has…

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Sandra’s Story

“Had it not been for the help that I received from E.J.C., I [have] no idea as to where I would be at this time.” Sandra was injured on the job through no fault of her own and then denied workers’ compensation benefits.  She came to the EJC looking for help with her case.  She…

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