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Workers’ Rights Clinic
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 walk in without an appointment and have a one-on-one consultation with a trained intake counselor who will provide legal advice with the assistance of an experienced employment law attorney. We cover all areas of employment law at the clinic, including: unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, 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.
At clinic workers do not speak directly with attorneys and workers are not referred to attorneys for representation. The EJC volunteers and staff are, however, usually able to help a worker at clinic by providing legal advice, assisting with writing a letter to or filing a complaint with the appropriate agency or their supervisor, and/or coaching the worker on the next steps to be taken in litigation. 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 paystubs, employee handbooks, letters, court filings, or government forms. Unfortunately, the EJC often has to turn away workers seeking assistance because the workers do not bring any documents related to their problems.
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.
Northwest Clinic –
- When: Wednesday evenings
- Time: Intakes begin at 6 pm.
- Individuals are seen on a “first come, first served” basis. The sign-in process starts at 5 p.m.
- Where: Bread for the City NW, 1525 7th St. NW, Washington, DC
- Directions: For those on public transport, take the green train line to the Shaw/Howard University metro stop. You can also take the 70/71, G2 and G8 Lines on metrobus. Click here for metro and bus directions from “The Ride Guide.”
- Parking is plentiful and free in a private parking lot attached to the clinic and on the street.
Bread for the City SE
- When: The last Saturday of every month. NOTE: In May 2016, this clinic will be held on the third Saturday of the month, May 21, 2016, due to the Memorial Day weekend.
- Time: Intakes begin at 10 a.m.
- Individuals are seen on a “first come, first served” basis. The sign-in process starts at 9 a.m.
- Where: Bread for the City SE, 1640 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC
Pennsylvania Ave. Clinic (with the Neighborhood Legal Services Program)
- When: The first and third Friday of every month. Call 202-828-9675 x124 for an appointment. NOTE: This clinic will be closed Friday, April 15, 2016, for DC Emancipation Day.
- Time: Intakes begin at 12 p.m. and end at 3 p.m.
- Individuals visiting for this clinic are urged to call the EJC before arriving to confirm attendance. Please call the EJC at (202) 828-9675 to sign up. The sign-in process starts at 11:30 a.m.
- Where: 2811 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC, on the first floor. Look for the “Hillcrest Dental” sign – the clinic is located in the same building, on the lower floor.
Because the EJC has limited resources and because we were established to help low-income workers, we have income guidelines. 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 consultant 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.
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General Employment Law Sites
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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
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Worker Activist of the Year
Tomás Arevalo was a key part of the Paid Sick Days for All Campaign and also worked with the EJC in support of the passage of DC's minimum wage increase and the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014. Tomás continues to support our work as a member of the Research Committee and as a promotor, a community liaison who helps fellow workers to exercise their rights and file complaints for wage theft.
"Thank you Tomás!"- EJC
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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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