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The Committee Joins More Than 50 Groups to Call on Labor Department to Release Hidden Analysis Questioning Controversial Tip Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor is deliberately hiding a report that shows its new “tip pooling” rule will allow restaurant owners to cheat employees out of billions of dollars in hard-earned tips. Along with 50 partners, we sent a letter to DOL demanding it release the data & withdraw the proposed rule.

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Read Kent Withycombe's Testimony Before the DC Council Regarding the Student Fair Access to School Act and the DCPS Alternatives to Suspensions Amendment Act

On January 30, the Committee’s Education Justice Project Director, Kent Withycombe, testified in support of the DC Council’s proposed Student Fair Access to Schools Act and the DCPS Alternatives to Suspension Amendment Act. Many studies demonstrate that “old school” suspension and expulsion practices negatively and disproportionately affect students of color, students experiencing trauma and poverty, and students with greater challenges such as language and learning differences. With the valuable research and writing assistance of senior associate Osvaldo Vazquez from Steptoe & Johnson LLP, the Committee also submitted written testimony supporting the direction the bills are going in reducing the use of suspensions, employing restorative justice practices, increasing trauma-informed training for school personnel, and making the DC charter school sector play by the same disciplinary rules as DCPS. The Committee believes the DC Council can do more on each of those critical fronts and used many examples of what other school districts are doing.

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No Choice Between A Paycheck And Family

By Christine Dinan

A single mother was fired when she needed two days off to care for her daughter following an emergency surgery. She believed she had a right to time off for such unexpected family crises. Her employer had never heard of the Family and Medical Leave Act, and terminated her for job abandonment.

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Read the Testimony of Equal Justice Works Fellow Marques Banks Urging the Council of the District of Columbia Committee on the Judiciary to Reject the “Drug-Related Nuisance Abatement Amendment Act of 2017”

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Largest Bar Exam Prep Class Provider Agrees to Settlement Over Allegations of Discrimination Against Blind Students

BarBri, Inc. agrees to revamp core products and internal practices for improved accessibility

DALLAS, TEXAS – Blind law students enrolled in a bar exam class offered by BarBri, Inc – host of the country’s largest bar prep course -- settled their claims this week alleging the company denied them fair and equal access to critical components of BarBri’s test prep offerings, including its mobile application, website and course materials. Despite multiple attempts by the students to alert management to these concerns, the lawsuit alleged the company’s actions not only prevented blind students from fully enjoying the resources to which they were contractually entitled, but also undermined their ability to effectively prepare for the bar exam.

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Bloomberg Law: Immigrant Teen's Plight Inspires Wiley Rein Pro Bono Team

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Staff Spotlight: Hannah Lieberman and Katia Garrett

The Committee is thrilled to share the addition of two distinguished advocates to our team, Hannah Lieberman and Katia Garrett

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Standing Against Injustice

Three years ago, Erick Little bravely took a stand against injustice. Today, he is part of positive change that has already made a real difference in his life and in the lives of other local African-American workers.

When he was just 19 years old, in 1987, Mr. Little was convicted of a drug offense. In 2013, he was offered a job as a bus driver with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), subject to a background check. He disclosed the 26-year-old conviction and was assured that it would not be held against him, but the job offer was rescinded anyway. As he recounted, “WMATA sent me, and many others, the message that the first mistake you make is the only thing that matters.” 

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Civil Rights and Social Justice Organizations File Amicus Brief in Support of Preliminary Injunction to Enjoin Rescission of the DACA Program Filed in Two Cases in the Eastern District of New York

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Nationwide Property Management Company Policy of Excluding Individuals Because of Criminal History is Race and National Origin Discrimination

Today, the promise of meaningful housing choice provided in our federal and local fair housing laws continues to be illusory as housing segregation based on race and national origin persists across the nation. Increasingly, property management companies are utilizing arbitrary criminal record bans to exclude individuals with criminal histories—most of whom are African American or Latino—even though efficient and effective alternatives exist to ensure legitimate interests. 

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