Our Beneficiary for 2015:
The D.C. Employment Justice Center
Founded on Labor Day 2000, the mission of the D.C. Employment Justice Center is to secure, protect and promote workplace justice in the D.C. metropolitan area. Since our founding, the EJC has successfully used a combination of strategies to protect the rights of low-income workers, including legal services, policy advocacy, community organizing, and education. In the past eleven years, the EJC has returned more than $7,000,000 to the pockets of low-wage workers, achieved many legislative victories that have touched the lives of countless workers, educated thousands of workers about their rights and responsibilities on the job, and launched three vibrant community organizing groups.
We believe that in securing, protecting, and promoting workplace justice for the most vulnerable among us, we raise the floor of workplace rights for us all.
The centerpiece and gateway of the EJC’s work is its Workers’ Rights Clinic – a weekly legal clinic taking place in the Anacostia community of Southeast D.C. on Monday afternoons and in the Shaw community of Northwest D.C. on Wednesday evenings. Each year, the EJC conducts about 1,500 consultations through its clinics where low-income workers receive free legal advice on the full range of employment matters. In appropriate cases, the EJC assumes representation of the worker or refers them to pro bono attorneys or experienced employment law attorneys committed to supporting workers and the vision of the EJC. For more information about our Workers’ Rights Clinic, click here.
As an organization, the EJC believes that enforcing the rights of the most vulnerable raises the floor of rights and expectations for all workers. In 2008, the EJC helped to pass the new Accrued Sick & Safe Leave Act, a law that guarantees most workers in D.C. a minimum amount of paid sick and safe days.