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.


Bread for the City NW – Wednesdays


Every Wednesday evening at Bread for the City NW, 1525 7th St. NW, Washington, DC.

Clients are seen on a “first come, first served” basis. The sign-in process starts at 5 pm Walk-ins are accepted until 7:30 pm. The EJC may not be able to see every client that attends the clinic, so please get to clinic as early as possible.

For those on public transport, take the green train line to the Shaw/Howard University metro stop, Bread for the City is a few blocks away on 7th Street. You can also take the 70/71, G2 and G8 Lines on metrobus.

Parking is free when available, in a private parking lot attached to the clinic and on the street.



The EJC holds monthly clinics at two different locations in SE DC.

Neighborhood Legal Service Program SE – 1st and 3rd Fridays

The Pennsylvania Ave. Clinic is held on the first and third Friday of each month. The clinics for fall 2015 will be held on Sept. 4 and 18, Oct. 2 and 16, Nov. 6 and 20, and Dec. 4 and 18. Please call 202-828-9675 x124 for an appointment.

Walk-ins accepted from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, and appointments can be made by calling 202-828-9675 x 124.

2811 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC. This location is served by the M6 bus from Potomac Ave. Station, as well as the 36, 39, and K11 buses.

Bread for the City SE – One Saturday each month

Bread for the City SE Clinic will be held on Saturday, November 22nd and Saturday, December 20th. Walk-ins accepted from 10 am to 12 pm.

1640 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC. Parking is available. On public transportation, the 92 or W8 bus will take you right to the clinic.


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.

Number of People in Household Household Income (including partner or spouse, unemployment, welfare etc) in the Last 12 Months
1 $35,010
2 $47,190
3 $59,370
4 $71,550
5 $83,730
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 consultant with an attorney for $40.


In order to help cover the cost of the Clinic, we suggest that workers make a donation 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.