Wage theft victims speak out at DC Council. Will you join them?

Join us next week! Next Wednesday at 9:45am, workers and supporters will pack the room at the DC Council for the budget hearing for the Department of Employment Services. Help prepare the way for this action by sending this email urging Councilmembers to take immediate steps to protect workers from wage theft in this year’s budget.

Our goal on Wednesday? To demand an end to wage theft in DC and to hold the Office of Wage-Hour accountable for enforcing protections against wage theft. Will you join us at the hearing?

At the D.C. Employment Justice Center’s Workers’ Rights Clinic, workers who are experiencing wage theft make up nearly 25% of the workers who come to us for legal advice about violations of their rights in the workplace. Now, some of those workers have joined with EJC to speak out on behalf of all victims of wage theft. Before the DC Council, Solange will tell about how her employer kept providing one bad excuse after another for not paying her and how she had to drop out of school because she didn’t have money for tuition. She’ll explain that even though the employer eventually paid her the wages, she received no interest or damages for the wages that were six months late. Solange needs your support. Will you join us at the Budget Hearing to support workers demanding an end to wage theft in our city?

What: Budget Hearing, Department of Employment Services

When: Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:45am

Where: The Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Room 500

**Bring a photo ID to get into the building**

Please come pack the room in support of workers’ rights – and bring a photograph of your family with you. At the cue of one of the witnesses, we will all hold up our photographs of Our families, to show the DC Council all the faces of those who are harmed when employers steal wages from their employees.

Don’t forget! Before the hearing, please send this email urging Councilmembers to take immediate steps to protect workers from wage theft in this year’s budget

Cross posted at the D.C. Employment Justice Center Blog.