Need Legal Help?

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.

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 (except both clinics are closed in August)

Time: Intakes begin at 6 pm.

Clients 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

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.

Southeast Clinic

When:  First, second, and third Fridays of each month (except both clinics are closed in August)

Time: Intakes begin at 11 am.

Clients are seen on a “first come, first served” basis. The EJC may not be able to see every client that attends the clinic, so please get to clinic as early as possible.

Where: Bread for the City SE, 1640 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC

Coming from Northwest DC, take I-395 S to I-295 S, take the Martin Luther King Jr. exit toward Anacostia Park. Take the Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue ramp. Stay straight to go onto Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE. Turn left onto Good Hope Rd SE. Parking is available.

On public transportation, the 92 or W8 bus will take you right to the clinic.

Income Guidelines

Because the EJC has limited resources and because we were established to help low-income workers, we have income guidelines. We can provide legal advice and referrals to workers who fall within these guidelines. If your income is higher than these guidelines, we suggest you call the Bar Association of D.C. Lawyer Referral Service. There you can get names of attorneys who might take your case; those listed offer a 30-minute consultation with a lawyer for $40. The phone number is (202) 296-7845.

Number of People in Household Household Income (including partner or spouse, unemployment, welfare etc) in the Last 12 Months
1 $34,470
2 $46,530
3 $58,590
4 $70,650
5 $82,710

Each additional person

add $12,060

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.

Contributions

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.

.** Para los recursos en español, baje el cursor. Hay una sección que dice “Materiales en Español” y tambíen tenemos varios anuncios en la otras secciónes**

General Employment Law Sites

Probono.net/dc — join the employment practice area
DiscriminationAttorney.com
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)”:

Advocacy

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
–> An article on Congress Woman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s advocacy for workers rights.
D.C. Council Page – Legislation, Contact Info
Elected Officials in DC
ANC Chairpersons
D.C. Government
D.C. Department of Employment Services
D.C. Voter Registration
DCWatch
Federal Government Manual – everything you need to know about the feds.
FOIA Contacts at All Federal Agencies
Labor Market Information – D.C.

Americans With Disabilities Act

ADA Information at the Department of Justice
ADA Technical Assistance Program
Bazelon Center’s ADA Site focus on mental disabilities
Job Accommodation Network
Rights of the Disabled

Child Labor

Child Labor Laws
Teen Safety
U.S. DOL Wage & Hour Division Youth Page

D.C. Government Employees

Department of Human Resources
Public Employees Relations Board
Workers’ Compensation
D.C. Public Schools Employees – Human Resources

Discrimination

D.C. Office of Human Rights
DiscriminationAttorney.com
EEOC Home Page
–>EEOC Poster
–>EEOC Aviso En Español
Employment Discrimination
Federal Employees’ EEO Complaint Processing Information
Filing a Charge
Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices

Equal Pay

Equal Pay Act

Family & Medical Leave (FMLA)

D.C. Office of Human Rights
Department of Labor Info on FMLA
–>Poster
–>Anuncio
National Partnership for Women & Families FMLA Page

Federal Contractors

Davis-Bacon (construction) and Related Acts
–>Davis-Bacon Poster
–>Anuncio
Office of Federal Contract Compliance (U.S. Department of Labor)
The McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act
–>Service Contract Act Poster
–>Anuncio

Federal Employees

EEOC: Basic Information About Federal Discrimination Complaints
Merit Systems Protection Board
Retirement Information: OPM
Unemployment Compensation
U.S. Government Manual – lists all federal agencies and contacts
Workers’ Compensation
Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board

Health Insurance

Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration Home Page

Job Training & Job Search

Women in Apprenticeships and Non-Traditional Occupations
Workforce Investment Act

Law Firms’ Labor & Employment Postings

DiscriminationAttorney.com

Miscellaneous Workplace Laws

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (Lie Detector Tests)

License & Property Searches

District of Columbia

DC License Information
Operating Engineers Search – steam and other operating engineers (building management, building engineers)
Plumber License Search – plumbers and plumbing companies
Professional Engineers & Land Surevyors
Real Estate Agent
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Search – individuals and companies
D.C. Corporate Information Search – you must register for an account in order to use this service.
D.C. Real Property Ownership Search – search for the owner of a particular piece of property in D.C. Also includes recently assessed values.

Maryland

Maryland License Search - Includes electrician, plumbing, HVACR, home improvement, and out-of-state corporations license search.
Maryland Corporate Information Search
Maryland Real Property Ownership Search (You must know the county. If you are unsure, consult the map and list of Maryland counties in the Wikipedia online encyclopedia, or try all of the following counties which are near to D.C.: Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard, Anne Arundel, Frederick, Baltimore, Charles and Calvert.)

Virginia

Virginia Construction Licenses
Virginia Corporation Information Search.
Virginia Real Property Search works on a county by county basis.
If you are unsure, consult the Virginia county map and list of counties and unincorporated cities.
Alexandria, City of
Arlington County
Fairfax County
Loudon County

Pension & Retirement

U.S. DOL – Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration
Women and Pensions: What Women Need to Know and Do

Safety & Health

OSHA
AFL-CIO Safety and Health
Center to Protect Workers’ Rights – Hazard Alerts
Cornell’s U.S. Workplace Safety and Health Law
Maryland Occupational Safety and Health

Taxes

D.C. Tax Forms
Tax Help for Low-Income People, Call (800) 829-1040.

Unemployment Compensation

U.S. Unemployment Compensation Law
U.S. Department of Labor UI Page

Unions & Organizing

AFL-CIO Organizing
IGC: LaborNet

Wages and Hours

Maryland Wage and Hour Information
Minimum Wage Laws in the States
U.S. Department of Labor: Wage & Hour Division
–>Overtime
–>Minimum Wage Poster
–>Timesheet Application: An app for employees to independently track the hours they work and determine the wages they are owed/Una aplicación que permite a los empleados capturar independientemente las horas trabajadas y determinar el pago que deben recibir. 

Welfare to Work

D.C. Department of Human Services
U.S. Department of Labor Welfare to Work

Workers’ Compensation

AFL-CIO Hurt on the Job
D.C. Workers’ Compensation (private sector)
Maryland Workers’ Compensation Information
U.S. Workers Compensation Law (federal workers – Cornell)

Materiales en Español

Departamento de Trabajo
AFL-CIO en Español
EEOC Aviso (Discriminacion)
FMLA Aviso
Usted Tiene El Derecho A Trabajar
Protección para Empleados Contra Abusos del Examen Poligráfico (Aviso)
Voting & Elections in D.C. – info in Spanish
OSHA en Español

Other Helpful Tools

Reverse Phone Number Lookup – When you know a phone number, this tool may be able to match up a name or address with it.
White Pages – People Search – People S – the Superpages is one of the more up-to-date people searchers on the internet.
Yellow Pages - Superpages for business information.
Zip Code Look Up

Other Useful Links:

DC’s Mayor Appointees
Track DC
DC Directory of Agencies and Services
Council of D.C.
China Hot Jobs
Track campaign contributions
Check to see if a lawyer is a member of the DC Bar
DC Freedom of Information Act
Ward Maps
Look up D.C. corporations
Property Search in DC
D.C. Code Online