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Workers’ Rights Clinic
Do you have a legal problem at work or have questions about your rights on the job?
For workers that need help with employment law problems, the EJC holds a Workers’ Rights Clinic where low-income workers (see income guidelines below) can receive a free one-on-one consultation with a trained intake volunteer who will provide legal advice under the supervision of an experienced employment law attorney. We assist with all areas of employment law at the clinic, including: unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, paid sick days, family and medical leave act (FMLA) violations, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, unlawful discrimination and harassment, and wrongful termination. Please see the information below for clinic locations and times.
The EJC volunteers and staff help workers at clinic by providing legal advice, assisting with writing demand letters, filing a complaint with the appropriate agency or supervisor, and/or coaching the worker on the next steps to be taken in litigation. The clinic is a tool for workers who are unable to hire an attorney for their case, and the majority of workers will not receive full representation through the clinic. After clinic, each case is screened by an EJC attorney. In a small percentage of cases, the EJC is able to refer a worker to an attorney or to take a case for representation. If a worker’s case is selected for potential representation, the EJC will notify the worker.
If you plan to attend one of EJC’s clinics, please bring all paperwork relevant to your issue. This could include pay stubs, employee handbooks, letters, court filings, or government forms. If you do not bring the necessary documents, the EJC may not be able to provide assistance on your case.
Bad Weather Policy: The EJC follows D.C. government closings. If the D.C. government is closed, then the clinic will not take place. If the D.C. government is on liberal leave, the clinic will go on as planned. To learn whether the D.C. government is closed, call (202) 727-1000.
Click here for the EJC’s fact sheets about various employment law problems.
EJC’s Clinics are closed during the month of August.
Bread for the City NW
- When: Wednesday evenings
- Time: Individuals are seen on a first come, first served basis. The sign-in process starts at 5pm and intakes begin at 6pm. We recommend arriving as close to 5pm as possible to reserve a spot.
- Where: Bread for the City NW, 1525 7th Street NW, Washington, DC
- Directions: The clinic is located on 7th Street between P and Q. Take the green line to the Shaw/Howard University metro stop or the 70/71, G2 and G8 lines on metrobus.
- Parking: Free parking is available after 5pm in a small private parking lot attached to the clinic. Street parking is metered until 6:30pm.
Bread for the City SE
- When: The last Saturday of every month (Second to last Saturday if there is a holiday).
- Time: Intakes begin at 10am. Individuals are seen on a first come, first served basis until 12:00pm.
- Where: Bread for the City SE, 1640 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC
- Parking: Free parking in the private lot behind the building and along the street.
Neighborhood Legal Services Program
- When: The first and third Friday of every month. Call202-828-9675 x124 for an appointment.
- Time: Intakes begin at 12pm and end at 3pm. Please call the EJC before arriving to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins may be accepted if there is space available.
- Where: 2811 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC, on the ground level. Look for the “Hillcrest Dental” sign, the clinic is located in the same building, on the lower floor.
- Parking: Street parking is free and widely available.
The EJC serves low-income workers in the DC metro area. In order to ensure that we allocate our resources where they are needed most, we have income guidelines for eligibility. Barring some limited exceptions, we can provide legal advice and referrals only to workers who fall within these guidelines:
|Number of People in Household||Household Income (including partner or spouse, unemployment, welfare etc) in the Last 12 Months|
Each additional person
If you make more than the amount reflected above, please call the Bar Association of D.C. Lawyer Referral Service on Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (202) 296-7845. Using that service, a worker may receive a 30 minute consultation with an attorney for $40.
In order to help cover the cost of the Clinic, we suggest that workers make a donation of $20 to the EJC, if they can afford to do so. The donation will help us serve more people with legal problems on their job who cannot afford an attorney. If a worker is unable to make a donation, we understand and will still be happy to help with work-related legal problems.
Know Your Rights in the Workplace
- Unemployment Insurance Fact Sheet (English)
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Wage and Hour
- Wage and Hour Fact Sheet (DC) (English)
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- Hoja – Sueldo minimo y overtime (DC) (español)
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Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
ITIN – Tax Identification for Undocumented Immigrants
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General Employment Law Sites
Probono.net/dc — join the employment practice area
Employment Law Case Reports (Clearinghouse)
Government Accountability Project -legal center for government whistleblowers
National Employment Lawyers Association – NELA
National Employee Rights Institute – Workplace Fairness
“Overview of Employment Law (Cornell)”:
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
–> An article on Congress Woman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s advocacy for workers rights.
D.C. Council Page – Legislation, Contact Info
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D.C. Department of Employment Services
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Federal Government Manual – everything you need to know about the feds.
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Davis-Bacon (construction) and Related Acts
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The McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act
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EEOC: Basic Information About Federal Discrimination Complaints
Merit Systems Protection Board
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U.S. Government Manual – lists all federal agencies and contacts
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How to Reach Us
+1 (202) 828-9675
+1 (202) 828-9190
Workers Rights Clinic Hours
NW Clinic: every Wednesday
- Intakes begin at 6pm
SE Clinic: Last Saturday of every month
- Intakes 10am-1pm, Bread for the City SE, 1640 Good Hope Road SE
Penn. Ave. SE Clinic: First and third Fridays of every month
- Intakes 12 pm-3 pm; 2811 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
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