You can help low-wage workers in the Washington area maintain or re-gain secure and dignified employment by volunteering to help with employment law! We hear from our clients constantly about the stress, poverty and heartache that comes with the loss of a job. Use your legal skills to help workers during a difficult time in their lives!

The Employment Law Practice Area is hosted by the D.C. Employment Justice Center (EJC). The EJC's mission is to secure and enforce the rights of low-income workers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area by providing legal assistance on employment law matters to the working poor, and by supporting a local workers' rights movement, bringing together low-wage workers and advocates for the poor, to foster a more just community in our nation's capital.

The site was developed with the assistance of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program and Crowell & Moring.

EJC Workers' Rights Manual Fifth Edition Released July 2011.
The D.C. Employment Justice Center has completed the Fifth Edition of its Workers' Rights Manual, a comprehensive manual of employment laws in D.C., Virginia and Maryland. The Manual is approximately 350 pages long and covers the following topics: Wage and Hour; Unemployment Compensation; Family and Medical Leave; Discrimination; Sexual Harassment; Workers' Compensation; Occupational Safety and Health; Termination; Employment Tort Claims; Labor Unions and Labor Law; Criminal Records as a Barrier to Employment; Domestic Violence as an Employment Issue; Other Employment Rights (ERISA, COBRA, HIPPA, Whistleblowing; Disability Retirement, WARN Act; Polygraph testing; Taxes, etc); and Helping Clients with the Legal Process.

The manual is available for $225 to law firms and the general public, and for $75 to non-profit organizations. If you would like a copy, please send a check made payable to the "D.C. Employment Justice Center" to D.C. EJC, 727 15th Street, NW, Second Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005.

Volunteer Opportunities at the EJC

Each Wednesday night and two Monday afternoons per month, the EJC hosts Workers' Rights Clinics at Bread for the City . The EJC also places cases with pro bono lawyers, primarily in wage and hour, FMLA, workers' compensation (D.C. government), and discrimination. If you are interested in volunteering at the clinic or in taking a pro bono case, please email


We want this site to be a meeting place to work together to use the law as a tool to end poverty by promoting secure and dignified employment for workers in the metropolitan Washington area. We recognize that many lawyers in law firms represent employers, preventing or defending lawsuits brought by employees. We believe it is possible to engage in pro bono employment law without conflicts of interest by careful consideration of each pro bono opportunity available.

EJC Workers' Rights Clinics

Workers get free legal advice and assistance on a walk-in basis.

  • Southeast Location: Two Mondays per month from 3 to 6 p.m at Bread for the City SE, 1640 Good Hope Road, SE. The clinic has a limited capacity and clients are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Northwest Location: Wednesdays 6 to 9 p.m at Bread for the City NW, 1525 7th St. NW. The clinic has a limited capacity and clients are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Click here for information about volunteering. We need all types of volunteers :

  • experienced labor and employment lawyers,

  • non-employment lawyers,

  • paralegals,

  • law students, and

  • Spanish interpreters.

Take a look at our Library Table of Contents. The Library contains sample forms, training manuals, and other practice materials for a number of substantive areas including:

  • Unpaid Wages

  • FMLA

  • Discrimination

  • Worker's Comp.

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