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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. The Clinic only assists low-income workers – for more on our income guidelines, see below. 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.

Northwest Clinic:

Bread for the City NW

  • WhenWednesday evenings EXCEPT DECEMBER 28, 2016
  • 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.


Southeast Clinics:

Bread for the City SE

  • When: The last Saturday of every month – NO CLINIC ON DECEMBER 31, 2016.
  • 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. Call 202-828-9675 x124 for an appointment. NOTE: DUE TO SCHEDULING CONFLICTS AND THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION, THIS CLINIC WILL BE CLOSED JANUARY 6 AND JANUARY 20, 2017.
  • 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.

Income Guidelines

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
1 $35,310
2 $47,790
3 $60,270
4 $72,750
5 $85,230

Each additional person

add $12,180

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.


Voluntary Contribution

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.


The EJC has teamed up with students at Georgetown University Law Center to offer a Wage Theft Tool for D.C.-area workers. Click here to use the tool and determine if you are eligible for EJC’s services and have a minimum wage or overtime issue.

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General Employment Law Sites — 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
Elected Officials in DC
ANC Chairpersons
D.C. Government
D.C. Department of Employment Services
D.C. Voter Registration
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


D.C. Office of Human Rights
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
National Partnership for Women & Families FMLA Page

Federal Contractors

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

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

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 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 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.
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Arlington County
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Loudon County

Pension & Retirement

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

Safety & Health

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


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
–>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
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Track campaign contributions
Check to see if a lawyer is a member of the DC Bar
DC Freedom of Information Act
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Property Search in DC
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