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.
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
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Parking is plentiful and free in a private parking lot attached to the clinic and on the street. Directions to the Workers’ Rights 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.
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.
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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.
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
Contributions: Because we have so many volunteers that help with the Workers’ Rights Clinic each week, the services we provide only cost $20 per person. 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 not only serve that individual’s needs, but serve other 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.
Click here for the EJC’s fact sheets about various employment law problems.
Not in the Washington, D.C. area? Look here for other non-profits that offer employment-related legal assistance to low-wage workers. This list also includes non-profits in Maryland and Virginia that can help.
We need volunteers! Professionals, activists, lawyers, law students, paralegals, social workers and anyone interested in helping workers advocate for themselves. You do not need to be familiar with the legal process to volunteer; you just need a commitment to workers’ rights and a positive attitude. We can train you on the rest! We also need people who can speak Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Somali, Amharic, and Arabic. Learn more about our volunteer needs and how you can get involved in advocating for workers on our volunteer page.