Know Your Rights Trainings

The EJC informs workers about their rights and responsibilities on the job, empowers them to identify illegal practices, and teaches them how to take action to seek justice through our EJC outreach education program. Since its inception, the EJC has developed relationships with the communities that we serve, teaching low-income workers about their rights in the workplace. We believe that educating workers about their rights, empowering them to assert and protect those rights and giving them the tools to fight for themselves and others in the future is an effective way to build lasting social change.

The EJC’s “Know Your Rights” education program is an outreach effort through which EJC informs workers about their rights and responsibilities on the job, empowers them to identify illegal practices, and teaches them how to take action to seek justice. In 2011, EJC educated over 500 worker and community members about their rights and responsibilities on the job. In addition to providing trainings to some of its own clients who become involved in WAGE and IWA, EJC expands its reach by recruiting and training volunteer attorneys who teach Know Your Rights workshops at community centers like Goodwill Industries, Our Place D.C., the D.C. Central Kitchen, and S.E. Ministries. In 2011, we expanded this program to include trainings at the Covenant House, N Street and Bread for the City and are continuing to explore additional workshop sites. EJC has educated over 10,000 workers in classroom and workshop settings across the DC metropolitan area about various workplace rights issues since 2000. We also publish fact sheets in Spanish & English about rights in the workplace.

If you would like to ask the EJC to give an education presentation or if you would like to volunteer in our education program, email us at advocacy@dcejc.org or call us at (202) 828-WORK x 11.