Projects

Special Projects

The Committee occasionally undertakes projects and litigation matters involving important civil rights questions that do not fall squarely within one or more Committee projects.

Special Committee initiatives have focused on issues such as:

  • Securing meaningful treatment for narcotics addicts
  • Providing quality childcare for low-income parents
  • Representing African-American servicemen in challenges to less than honorable military discharges
  • Challenging the illegal sale of guns in court and providing legal representation to victims of gun violence
  • Representing victims of police misconduct
  • Spearheading a national study of hate crime legislation, first released in 1999 and updated in 2006.  The study is available upon request.

Introduction to Legal Reasoning

Every summer since 1985, the Committee has sponsored an annual Introduction to Legal Reasoning program, a six-week course for prospective law students who are members of groups traditionally disadvantaged or underrepresented in the practice of law to help them in the transition from college to law school.  Since its inception, the program has involved over 1,000 DC area attorneys as instructors and helped over 2,000 students entering law school.

For more information, please contact program director Bob Duncan, Hogan Lovells US LLP.

Public Education Project

Kent Withycombe Project Director
Elinor Hart Coordinator
Jhonna Turner Parent Engagement Program Coordinator

 
In accord with its longstanding belief that a high quality and free public education for all children in our city is a fundamental civil right, the Committee administers three related programs – the DC Public School Partnership Program, the DC Public Education Reform Program, and the Parent Empowerment Program.

The DC Public School Partnership Program partners 50 area law firms and businesses with individual DC public schools throughout the city, in the process bringing tutoring, mentoring, and other academic enrichment services to thousands of children. The main concept is for these firms and businesses ultimately to become an integral part of the network of community support for their partner schools. These school partnerships also encourage parental involvement activities and support school fundraising, repairs, upgrades and beautification projects.

The Committee’s Public Education Reform Program historically has involved both direct representation of parent organizations and school system leaders, and the publication of policy papers related to issues such as building conditions, school governance, student health services, extracurricular and athletic programs, and overall levels of school funding. It published reports in 2005 and 2010 evaluating the state of DC Public Schools, and it will publish another report in 2015. The latest study currently underway is examining the growth of charter schools in the District and is evaluating the effect of that trend on the education of low-income minority students and on the traditional system of neighborhood public schools.

Firms, businesses and individuals interested in supporting the Committee’s DC Public School Partnership Program and its education policy research are encouraged to contact Kent Withycombe, Public Education Project Director, at kent_withycombe@washlaw.org or 202-319-1000, x 145; or Elinor Hart, Coordinator of the DC Public School Partnership Program, at elinor_hart@washlaw.orgor202-287-2966.

DC Public School Partnership Activities

Each partnership between a law firm or business and a school is unique and depends on the age and grade level of the students, the priorities of the school’s principal and teachers, and the interests and background of the law firm employees. Academic enrichment activities include tutoring in reading, writing, science and other academic subjects. Many firms coach clubs such as Geoplunge geography, Scrabble, Bridge, and high school mock trial, moot court, debate, and other teams. Some firms have taught classes, created Saturday academies, and helped with college essays, applications, campus visits and test preparations. All of these activities focus on achieving academic goals identified by the schools, while also keeping students excited about learning and attending school. Firms also have worked on computer hardware and software upgrades, library renovations and school beautification. Several arranged drives for clothing, books and back-to-school supplies, and provided information, meals and childcare for PTA meetings.   The Education Project and several firms that have helped parent teacher organizations form at their schools and assisted them with fundraising organizations are drafting a School Partnership Fundraising Guide & Toolkit that will be published in 2015 so that many more WLC School Partnership firms, schools, and parent organizations can make informed decisions about which parent-teacher organization and fundraising vehicle best suits their needs.    

Several yearly contests and tournaments take place that involve the law firms and businesses that are partners of DC Public Schools: the city-wide GeoPlunge Tournament in the late fall or winter; the Cooking for Kids Bake Sale & Taste-Off in March; and the DC-wide Street Law Mock Trial Tournament in late March or April. The Project also organizes three School Partnership Coordinator Luncheons in the fall, winter and spring, where firm and school representatives share their latest insights regarding programs and projects at their schools. The Project also has a School Partnership Recruitment Luncheon each May.

The Parent Empowerment Program

The Parent Empowerment Program (PEP) was formed with the vision that, in order to support each student’s civil right to a high-quality education throughout the city, there must be a concerted effort to improve our public education system by empowering parents and students from within.  It is clear, from many studies throughout the nation, parent engagement embedded in the school setting can change the outcome and direction of many students who are typically marginalized for various reasons. Empowering parents and supporting the community in being stronger and more confident advocates for children, could influence the academic outcome for the school and maintain a more civically engaged community.

By working through Washington Lawyers' Committee School Partnership Program, at least ten D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) parent groups will have an opportunity to choose an academic enrichment project that will increase parent participation and student enthusiasm in learning.  The expectation for PEP is to match funds raised by parent groups each year. Principals, teachers, and parents at the local schools will select programs/activities for Fund support based on the needs they perceive.  Law and Accounting Firms that are in the DC Public School Partnership Program will support their partner schools in making sound, equitable and informed decisions when choosing which academic enrichment project will create lasting change in their school.

If interested in supporting the Parent Empowerment Program, please contact Jhonna Turner, Parent Engagement Coordinator, at jhonna_turner@washlaw.org or 202-319-1000, x 136; or Kent Withycombe, Education Project Director, at kent_withycombe@washlaw.org or 202-319-1000, x 145.

Each partnership between a law firm or business and a school has its own unique attributes and activities that depend on the age and grade level of the students, the priorities of the school’s principal and teachers, and the interests and background of the law firm or business employees. Examples of partnership activities include:

  • Academic Enrichment
    • Volunteering as a reading tutor with programs including Tutormate, Good Read, or Everybody Wins!
    • Teaching an environmental law course
    • Coaching or sponsoring GeoPlunge teams (a card competition that teaches kids U.S. geography in a fun and exciting way)
    • Serving as Street Law mock trial mentors
    • Coaching Scrabble, bridge, or chess teams
    • Sponsoring field trips to law offices, courthouses, museums, and monuments
  • College and Career Support
    • Assisting high school students with college essays, applications, and standardized test preparation
    • Employing high school summer interns
    • Hosting monthly luncheons at the law firm
  • School Beautification and Facilities Improvement
    • Funding computer hardware and software upgrades
    • Supporting library renovations
    • Gardening and painting
  • Parent Engagement and Student Support
    • Providing meals and childcare for PTA meetings
    • Arranging drives for clothing, books, and back-to-school supplies
    • Organizing a holiday card competition/fundraiser
    • Hosting a “fun day” at the school

The Education Project also hosts several meetings and helps coordinate other events throughout the year, including regular luncheons where firm and school representatives can share their experiences and insights regarding activities at their schools:

  • Fall
    • School Partnership Principals & Coordinator Luncheon (September)
    • Annual Benefit and Celebration (November). A raffle that raises money for the Committee and the Education Project, with amazing trips and prizes. The raffle period concludes with an evening concert and reception. Well-known musicians, as well as DC high school choirs or musicians, perform.
    • Annual Geoplunge Tournament, National Portrait Gallery (November)
  • Winter
    • School Partnership Coordinator Luncheon (January)
  • Spring
    • Cooking for Kids Bake Sale & Taste-Off (March). Area firms participate in a bake sale and tasting competition.
    • DC High School Street Law Mock Trial (February-April)
    • School Partnership Coordinator Luncheon (April)
    • School Partnership Recruitment Luncheon (May)

To learn more, contact Kent Withycombe, Public Education Project Director, at Kent_Withycombe@washlaw.org or 202-319-1000, x 145, or Elinor Hart, (DC Public School Partnership Coordinator), at Elinor_Hart@washlaw.org or 202-287-2966.

 Organization-School Partnerships

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer &
Feld LLP
Tyler Elementary School

Arent Fox LLP
Randle Highlands Elementary School
Eastern Senior High School

Baker Botts LLP
Roosevelt High School

Beveridge & Diamond, PC
Savoy Elementary School

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Brightwood Education Campus

Bryan Cave LLP
Burroughs Education Campus

BuckleySandler LLP
Cleveland Elementary School

Cadwalader Wickersham &
Taft LLP
Jefferson Academy Middle School

Carr Maloney PC
Seaton Elementary

Cleary Gottlieb Steen &
Hamilton LLP
McKinley Technology High School

Coburn & Greenbaum PLLC
Inspiring Youth Program

Covington & Burling LLP
Cardozo Senior High School

Crowell & Moring LLP
Plummer Elementary School

Deloitte
Raymond Education Campus

Dickstein Shapiro LLP
Ellington School of the Arts

DLA Piper US LLP
Thomas Elementary School

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Ann Beers Elementary School

Eaton Law Firm
I
nspiring Youth Program

Epstein Becker & Green, PC
Langley STEM Education Campus

FTI Consulting
Tyler Elementary School

Federal Highway Administration
Payne Elementary School

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver &
Jacobson LLP
School Without Walls High School

Gilbert LLP
Eliot-Hine Middle School

Goodwin Procter LLP
West Education Campus

Hogan Lovells US LLP
Kimball Elementary School

Hollingsworth LLP
Garrison Elementary School

K&L Gates LLP
Bancroft Elementary School

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Noyes Education Campus

 

Kilpatrick Townsend &
Stockton LLP
Middle School at Cardozo
Education Campus

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Marie Reed Elementary School

McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Stuart Hobson Middle School

O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Washington Metropolitan
High School

Paul Hastings LLP
Garfield Elementary School

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton &
Garrison LLP

Anacostia Senior High School

Pepper Hamilton LLP
Stanton Elementary School

Perkins Coie LLP
Powell Elementary School

Pierce Atwood
Patterson Elementary School

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw
Pittman LLP
Luke Moore High School

Price Benowitz LLP
Inspiring Youth Program

Reed Smith LLP
Bruce Monroe at Park View
Elementary School

Savills Studley
Hendley Education Campus

Shearman & Sterling LLP
Ketcham Elementary School

Sidley Austin LLP
Thomson Elementary School

Steptoe & Johnson LLP
H.D. Cooke Elementary School

Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
School Without Walls at
Francis Stevens

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Columbia Heights Education Campus

Tower Legal Services
Turner Elementary School

U.S. Courts for the District of
Columbia Circuit
J.O. Wilson Elementary School

U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission
J.O. Wilson Elementary School

Venable LLP
Kelly Miller Middle School

Veris Consulting
Ludlow Taylor Elementary School

Williams & Connolly LLP
Dunbar Senior High School

Zuckerman Spaeder LLP
Orr Elementary School


 

 

 

 

The Parent Empowerment Program (PEP) was formed with the vision that, in order to support each student’s civil right to a high-quality education throughout the city, there must be a concerted effort to improve our public education system by empowering parents and students from within.  It is clear, from many studies throughout the nation, parent engagement embedded in the school setting can change the outcome and direction of many students who are typically marginalized for various reasons. Empowering parents and supporting the community in being stronger and more confident advocates for children, could influence the academic outcome for the school and maintain a more civically engaged community.

By working through Washington Lawyers' Committee School Partnership Program, at least ten D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) parent groups will have an opportunity to choose an academic enrichment project that will increase parent participation and student enthusiasm in learning.  The expectation for PEP is to match funds raised by parent groups each year. Principals, teachers, and parents at the local schools will select programs/activities for Fund support based on the needs they perceive.  Law and Accounting Firms that are in the DC Public School Partnership Program will support their partner schools in making sound, equitable and informed decisions when choosing which academic enrichment project will create lasting change in their school.

If interested in supporting the Parent Empowerment Program, please contact Jhonna Turner, Parent Engagement Coordinator, at jhonna_turner@washlaw.org or 202-319-1000, x 136; or Kent Withycombe, Education Project Director, at kent_withycombe@washlaw.org or 202-319-1000, x 145

Apply for the Parent Empowerment Program here.

DC Prisoners' Project

Philip Fornaci Project Director
Stacey Litner Prisoners' Rights Advocate
Elliot M. Mincberg Senior Counsel


The Committee’s DC Prisoners’ Project advocates for the humane treatment and dignity of all persons convicted or charged with a criminal offense under DC law housed in prisons, jails, or community corrections programs, or living in the community on parole. The Project also works to assist formerly incarcerated people with issues related to their incarceration and strives to promote progressive criminal justice reform.

In mid-2008, the Project took on the responsibility of defending the rights of DC prisoners to parole, an effort that has nearly doubled its client intakes.

The Project is the only legal organization representing the interests of the nearly 8,000 DC prisoners currently held in dozens of federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) facilities across the country, more than 3,000 prisoners held in local DC jail facilities, and as many as 10,000 on parole and supervised release. In addition, there are an estimated 60,000 formerly incarcerated DC residents.

The Project addresses the problems of our clients with both litigation and non-litigation advocacy approaches, and has focused on both individual matters and broader, systemic strategies. The Project is engaged in litigation, including class action litigation, in federal and state courts in multiple jurisdictions, as well as in the District.

In collaboration with private law firms and individual pro bono attorneys, the Project has achieved significant changes in access to health care for DC prisoners in jails and prisons across the country; secured imposition of a court-mandated population cap at the DC Jail; and obtained monetary awards for violations of our clients’ constitutional rights to safe living conditions, access to educational programs, and appropriate medical care.

Project Activities

  • Insuring access to constitutionally-adequate levels of medical and mental health care in both local jails and distant BOP facilities.
  • Responding to, and working to prevent, acts of violence, including securing money damages for our clients where appropriate and to discourage conditions that lead to violence.
  • Engaging in litigation around access to parole, and training and placing pro bono attorneys to handle parole grant hearings.
  • Improving the way individuals are released from jail and prison, and their treatment after release, with particular attention to the conditions of parole and supervised release, as well as their medical and mental health needs.
  • Engaging in public policy advocacy to improve our clients' conditions of confinement, to support alternatives to incarceration, and improve parole and supervised release practices.

The DC Prisoners’ Project has prepared public reports, policy statements, scholarly articles and public testimony before various government agencies on issues related to prisoners’ rights and the rights of formerly incarcerated people. Samples of these documents appear below:

From the Inside Out:  Talking to Incarcerated women About Health Care (A Survey of Incarcerated Women in D.C. Jail Facilities), November 2005

It’s Not All in My Head:  The Harm of Rape and the Prison Litigation Reform Act by Deborah M. Golden Cardozo Women’s Law Journal, Fall 2004 Volume 11, Number 1

Studies on Halfway Houses (Policy Brief:  Do Halfway Houses and Community Corrections Facilities Cause Property Values to Decrease?), 2005

DC Prisoners:  Issues for the Obama Administration (policy paper), 2009

Testimony - “Housing of DC Felons Far Away From Home: Effects on Crime, Recidivism and Reentry”.US House of Representatives; Committee on Oversight and Government Reform; Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia; May 5, 2010

Testimony - Federal Bureau of Prisons Oversight Hearing.  US House of Representatives; Committee on the Judiciary; Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security; July 21, 2009

Testimony – DC Council Performance Hearing; Department of Corrections and Correction Information Council; March 12, 2010

Disability Rights Project

Matthew K. Handley Project Director
Deepa Goraya Staff Attorney
Amal Mimish Paralegal


Since 1992 after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Disability Rights Project has been litigating cases in the areas of equal access to public accommodations, public entities, transportation providers, and health care providers. The Project has also represented employees and applicants with disabilities who are denied equal access to employment, or denied reasonable accommodations in the workplace. More recently, the project is focusing on equal access to emerging technologies and services for blind individuals who use talking screen readers, particularly in the areas of equal access to online voting registration, web-only businesses, mobile applications, and touchscreen kiosks and tablets associated with public businesses, including medical facilities and gyms. Another area of focus is equal access to transportation services such as Uber and Lyft for wheelchair users.

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Project Activities

The Committee’s Disability Rights Project has a very active docket of cases involving claims seeking equal access to transportation services, federal and local government programs, employment, websites and touchscreen kiosks. Significant legal accomplishments include:

  • Government Website Accessibility: American Council of the Blind v. General Services Administration. Representing the American Council of the Blind and a class of individual blind government contractors, the Committee, along with co-counsel Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, filed a complaint against the General Services Administration (GSA) for failing to make its website, sam.gov, accessible to blind users. This inaccessibility prevented blind federal contractors from registering or renewing their registration independently on sam.gov. On November 10, 2015, the Committee reached a landmark settlement with GSA on behalf of blind federal contractors and the American Council of the Blind.

  • DC Government Programs: Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP joined the Committee and Disability Rights Advocates in filing a class action complaint in U.S. District Court in D.C. on September 9, 2014 on behalf of United Spinal Association, the DC Center for Independent Living and three DC residents with disabilities challenging the District of Columbia’s poor emergency planning for persons with disabilities.  The lawsuit alleges that the problems that exist range from the District’s failure to publicize any information about accessible emergency shelters, failure to plan for emergency communications to persons who are deaf and blind, failure to put accessible evacuation options in place, and failure to plan for supply chain disruptions for medication and replacement durable medical equipment.

  • Public Accommodations: Equal Rights Center, et al. v. Kohl’s, et al. The law firm of Robbins, Salomon, & Patt LTD joined with the Committee to file a complaint in October 2014 in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Kohl’s Corporation and Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. on behalf of several individuals with disabilities and the Equal Rights Center.  Testing done by the Equal Rights Center revealed that the aisles and other features inside several Kohl’s stores nationwide were inaccessible to people using wheelchairs.  The suit alleges that Kohl’s violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state laws.

  • Transportation Services: ACB and Eric Bridges v. DC Taxicab. The law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (Pillsbury) joined with the Committee to represent the American Council of the Blind (ACB) and Eric Bridges, a blind customer with a service dog who was attempting to hail a taxi, against four DC taxi companies: Yellow Cab, Elite Cab, Grand Cab Company, and Pleasant Taxicab. Cab drivers from all four companies, after seeing the service dog, repeatedly passed him and stopped for a sighted passenger a short distance away, thereby violating Title III of the ADA and the DC Human Rights Act. These incidents were all caught on film by WUSA9, which was filming a documentary on this issue.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity: Van Rossum v. Baltimore County. Attorneys at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, along with the Committee, represent a disabled woman who was forced to take early disability retirement because her employer, The Baltimore County Government’s Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management, refused to accommodate her disability. The complainant suffers from multiple chemical toxicities, which were aggravated by her exposure to toxic mold while working in the Baltimore County Circuit Court building in Towson, MD.  The EEOC issued a letter of determination finding that the complainant was, in fact, discriminated against, but Baltimore County refused to conciliate her claim. On April 4, 2016, Plaintiff defeated a summary judgment motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland that sought to dismiss her claim. She will now be able to proceed to trial. In his opinion, U.S. District Court Judge James K. Bredar denied Defendant Baltimore County’s motion for summary judgment, disagreeing with the defendant’s argument that the plaintiff’s receipt of SSDI benefits precluded her from bringing a claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Touchscreen Kiosks: Social Security Administration, the Committee, along with Brown, Goldstein & Levy, represent the National Federation of the Blind and its members in a matter involving access to touchscreen check-in kiosks at various Social Security Administration buildings. The kiosks either have no external keyboards near them so that blind persons are not able to access them, do not operate correctly, or have no audio or brailled instructions in place to alert blind individuals on how to operate them. Users must therefore relay private information to a sighted individual who must assist them in entering the information. The Committee and counsel for the NFB have alerted SSA of this issue and met with them in the fall of 2015 to discuss the issue. Kiosks at various locations are currently being tested to determine whether the problem continues to persist.

  • Website and Mobile App Accessibility: On March 22nd, 2016, the Committee filed a class action complaint on behalf of Mika Pyyhkala and Tajuan Farmer against Sweetgreen, Inc. for lack of accessibility of their online ordering portal and mobile application to blind individuals who use talking screen reading software.  The named plaintiffs, who are blind, seek to represent a class of blind customers who were denied the opportunity to order food through Sweetgreen’s website and mobile app.  The lawsuit, Farmer v. Sweetgreen, Inc. (S.D.N.Y.), was filed in the southern District of New York and alleges violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and New York City and state human rights laws.

General Employment Law Sites

Probono.net/dc — join the employment practice area
DiscriminationAttorney.com
Employment Law Case Reports (Clearinghouse)
Government Accountability Project -legal center for government whistleblowers
National Employment Lawyers Association – NELA
National Employee Rights Institute – Workplace Fairness
“Overview of Employment Law (Cornell)”:

Advocacy

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
–> An article on Congress Woman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s advocacy for workers rights.
D.C. Council Page – Legislation, Contact Info
Elected Officials in DC
ANC Chairpersons
D.C. Government
D.C. Department of Employment Services
D.C. Voter Registration
DCWatch
FOIA Contacts at All Federal Agencies
Labor Market Information – D.C.

Americans With Disabilities Act

ADA Information at the Department of Justice
ADA Technical Assistance Program
Bazelon Center’s ADA Site focus on mental disabilities
Job Accommodation Network
Rights of the Disabled

Child Labor

Child Labor Laws
U.S. DOL Wage & Hour Division Youth Page

D.C. Government Employees

Department of Human Resources
Public Employees Relations Board
Workers’ Compensation
D.C. Public Schools Employees – Human Resources

Discrimination 

D.C. Office of Human Rights
DiscriminationAttorney.com
EEOC Home Page
–>EEOC Poster
–>EEOC Aviso En Español
Employment Discrimination
Federal Employees’ EEO Complaint Processing Information
Filing a Charge
Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices

Equal Pay

Equal Pay Act

Family & Medical Leave (FMLA)

D.C. Office of Human Rights
Department of Labor Info on FMLA
–>Poster
–>Anuncio
National Partnership for Women & Families FMLA Page

Federal Contractors

Davis-Bacon (construction) and Related Acts
–>Davis-Bacon Poster
–>Anuncio
Office of Federal Contract Compliance (U.S. Department of Labor)
The McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act
–>Service Contract Act Poster
–>Anuncio

Federal Employees

EEOC: Basic Information About Federal Discrimination Complaints
Merit Systems Protection Board
Retirement Information: OPM
Unemployment Compensation
U.S. Government Manual – lists all federal agencies and contacts
Workers’ Compensation
Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board

Health Insurance

Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration Home Page

Job Training & Job Search

Women in Apprenticeships and Non-Traditional Occupations
Workforce Investment Act

Law Firms' Labor & Employement Postings

DiscriminationAttorney.com

Miscellaneous Workplace Laws

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (Lie Detector Tests)

License & Property Searches 

District of Columbia
DC License Information

Operating Engineers Search – steam and other operating engineers (building management, building engineers)
Plumber License Search – plumbers and plumbing companies
Professional Engineers & Land Surevyors
Real Estate Agent
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Search – individuals and companies
D.C. Corporate Information Search – you must register for an account in order to use this service.
D.C. Real Property Ownership Search – search for the owner of a particular piece of property in D.C. Also includes recently assessed values. 

Maryland
Maryland License Search
 – Includes electrician, plumbing, HVACR, home improvement, and out-of-state corporations license search.

Maryland Corporate Information Search
Maryland Real Property Ownership Search (You must know the county. If you are unsure, consult the map and list of Maryland counties in the Wikipedia online encyclopedia, or try all of the following counties which are near to D.C.: Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard, Anne Arundel, Frederick, Baltimore, Charles and Calvert.) 

Virginia
Virginia Construction Licenses

Virginia Corporation Information Search.
Virginia Real Property Search works on a county by county basis.
If you are unsure, consult the Virginia county map and list of counties and unincorporated cities.
Alexandria, City of
Arlington County
Fairfax County
Loudon County

Pension & Retirement 

U.S. DOL – Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration
Women and Pensions: What Women Need to Know and Do

Safety & Health

OSHA
AFL-CIO Safety and Health
Center to Protect Workers’ Rights – Hazard Alerts
Cornell’s U.S. Workplace Safety and Health Law
Maryland Occupational Safety and Health

Taxes 

D.C. Tax Forms
Tax Help for Low-Income People, Call (800) 829-1040.

Unemployment Compensation

U.S. Unemployment Compensation Law
U.S. Department of Labor UI Page

Unions & Organizing

AFL-CIO Organizing
IGC: LaborNet

Wages & Hours

Maryland Wage and Hour Information
Minimum Wage Laws in the States
U.S. Department of Labor: Wage & Hour Division
–>Overtime
–>Minimum Wage Poster
–>Timesheet Application: An app for employees to independently track the hours they work and determine the wages they are owed/Una aplicación que permite a los empleados capturar independientemente las horas trabajadas y determinar el pago que deben recibir. 

Welfate to Work

D.C. Department of Human Services
U.S. Department of Labor Welfare to Work

Workers' Compensation

AFL-CIO Hurt on the Job
D.C. Workers’ Compensation (private sector)
Maryland Workers’ Compensation Information
U.S. Workers Compensation Law (federal workers – Cornell)

Materiales en Español

Departamento de Trabajo
AFL-CIO en Español
EEOC Aviso (Discriminacion)
FMLA Aviso
Usted Tiene El Derecho A Trabajar
Protección para Empleados Contra Abusos del Examen Poligráfico (Aviso)
Voting & Elections in D.C. – info in Spanish

OSHA en Español

Other Helpful Tools

Reverse Phone Number Lookup – When you know a phone number, this tool may be able to match up a name or address with it.
White Pages – People Search – People S – the Superpages is one of the more up-to-date people searchers on the internet.
Yellow Pages – Superpages for business information.
Zip Code Look Up

Other Useful Links

DC’s Mayor Appointees
Track DC
DC Directory of Agencies and Services
Council of D.C.
China Hot Jobs
Track campaign contributions
Check to see if a lawyer is a member of the DC Bar
DC Freedom of Information Act
Ward Maps
Look up D.C. corporations
Property Search in DC
D.C. Code Online

Immigrant & Refugee Rights (IRR) Project

Matthew K. Handley Acting Project Director  
Evelyn Nunez

Paralegal  


Established in 1978, the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project (IRR Project) has served as a critical resource for some of the most vulnerable populations in the Washington, D.C. area: newcomers and non-English speakers who are often unaware of their rights and protections under U.S. law.

Many immigrants fear the repercussions of reporting civil rights violations, and suffer employment discrimination, wage theft, and sexual harassment in the workplace under the threat of being fired or reported to immigration authorities. To help mitigate their exploitation and marginalization, the IRR Project represents hundreds of immigrant workers who face discrimination on the basis of national origin, language fluency, legal status, race, and other grounds.

IRR ClientThe IRR Project often works with its clients to file charges of discrimination with the EEOC or local agencies, such as the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights. The Project staff pursues litigation in both the EEOC and federal courts on behalf of immigrants, and provides representation in a range of issues, including: discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, medical care and government services; sexual assault and/or abuse by employers; and loan mortgage modification scams. In cases where clients have been victims of crimes, the IRR Project staff continues to work with the EEOC and other agencies to help procure U-Visas so that the clients can prosecute the criminal bad actors who abused them.

The IRR Project aims to make its clients whole for the wages that they were owed, or
the abuse that they suffered. In addition, its litigation helps to educate employers about their need to comply with local and federal laws regardless of the immigration status of the employee, and creates injunctive relief to prevent future bad practices.

Project Activities

  • Legal representation – As a direct response to civil rights violations, the IRR Project collaborates with various local law firms to provide pro bono legal representation to immigrants suffering discrimination in employment, housing and other aspects of their daily lives.
  • Community Outreach – To prevent further exploitation and abuse of immigrants and refugees, the IRR Project partners with community-based organizations to raise greater awareness of housing and employment rights among immigrant groups. The Project staff provides “Know Your Rights” presentations at various community centers in the D.C. area, and encourages victims of discrimination and harassment to report any of these violations to the authorities.
  • Investigative Reports – In addition to its advocacy and outreach efforts among immigrant communities, the IRR Project works to educate the greater non-immigrant population about the discriminatory treatment of immigrants and refugees in the D.C. area. To this end, the IRR Project has published a series of reports investigating the problems of discrimination and marginalization faced by immigrant communities in the D.C. area.

 

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You Have The Right To Be Paid For Your Work

If you did the work, your employer must pay you regardless of your immigration status.

You Have The Right To Be Paid The Minimum Wage

  • The minimum wage in Washington, D.C. is $12.50/hour
  • The minimum wage in Maryland is $8.75/hour
  • The minimum wage in Virginia is $7.25/hour
  • Exceptions: Employers don’t have to pay the minimum wage if the employee receives tips or if he/she is a farm worker.

You Have The Right To Receive Overtime

  • Generally, the federal and local laws mandate that an employer pay an employee overtime if the employee works more than 40 hours in one week.
  • Note: Some employers assume that if they pay a salary or by project, they can avoid paying overtime. Call us if you’re working more than 40 hours in one week.
  • Overtime should be paid at the rate of 1.5 times your regular hourly rate. For example, if your employer normally pays you $10/hour, your overtime rate would be $15/hour. If you work 50 hours per week, you would earn ($10 x 40 hours) + ($15 x 10 hours) = $550 per week for 50 hours.

Time That You Spend Waiting For Your Employer – Do You Have To Be Paid For That?

  • If an employee is required to arrive at a worksite at a specific time but he/she has to wait until he/she can begin working, he/she should be paid for this waiting time.
  • Exception: If an employee has the option to stay and wait or to leave before receiving an assignment, the employer generally does not have to pay for that waiting time.

You Have The Right To Be Paid

  • Generally, employees must be paid every two weeks.
  • If an employee is fired from work, he/she must be paid shortly thereafter, but it depends on the jurisdiction to determine whether he/she must be paid on the same day that he is fired, the next day, or the next pay day. Please contact us with inquiries.
  • If an employee quits, he/she generally must be paid the next regular pay day or before seven days depending on the jurisdiction.

Unlawful Deductions

  • Generally, employers may not make deductions that decrease an employee’s wages below the minimum wage.
  • Deductions, if permitted and authorized, by the employee might be lawful.
  • Transportation: Generally, if an employer transports an employee for the benefit of the employer, the employer may not deduct the transportation costs.
  • Tools: An employer may not deduct the cost of tools from an employee’s wages. An employer may not deduct the cost of safety equipment if the equipment is necessary in order to abide with OSHA.
  • Uniforms: An employer may not collect the cost for uniforms if wearing the uniform is required by law or required by the employer.

General Employment Law Sites

Probono.net/dc — join the employment practice area
DiscriminationAttorney.com
Employment Law Case Reports (Clearinghouse)
Government Accountability Project -legal center for government whistleblowers
National Employment Lawyers Association – NELA
National Employee Rights Institute – Workplace Fairness
“Overview of Employment Law (Cornell)”:

Advocacy

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
–> An article on Congress Woman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s advocacy for workers rights.
D.C. Council Page – Legislation, Contact Info
Elected Officials in DC
ANC Chairpersons
D.C. Government
D.C. Department of Employment Services
D.C. Voter Registration
DCWatch
FOIA Contacts at All Federal Agencies
Labor Market Information – D.C.

Americans With Disabilities Act

ADA Information at the Department of Justice
ADA Technical Assistance Program
Bazelon Center’s ADA Site focus on mental disabilities
Job Accommodation Network
Rights of the Disabled

Child Labor

Child Labor Laws
U.S. DOL Wage & Hour Division Youth Page

D.C. Government Employees

Department of Human Resources
Public Employees Relations Board
Workers’ Compensation
D.C. Public Schools Employees – Human Resources

Discrimination 

D.C. Office of Human Rights
DiscriminationAttorney.com
EEOC Home Page
–>EEOC Poster
–>EEOC Aviso En Español
Employment Discrimination
Federal Employees’ EEO Complaint Processing Information
Filing a Charge
Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices

Equal Pay

Equal Pay Act

Family & Medical Leave (FMLA)

D.C. Office of Human Rights
Department of Labor Info on FMLA
–>Poster
–>Anuncio
National Partnership for Women & Families FMLA Page

Federal Contractors

Davis-Bacon (construction) and Related Acts
–>Davis-Bacon Poster
–>Anuncio
Office of Federal Contract Compliance (U.S. Department of Labor)
The McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act
–>Service Contract Act Poster
–>Anuncio

Federal Employees

EEOC: Basic Information About Federal Discrimination Complaints
Merit Systems Protection Board
Retirement Information: OPM
Unemployment Compensation
U.S. Government Manual – lists all federal agencies and contacts
Workers’ Compensation
Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board

Health Insurance

Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration Home Page

Job Training & Job Search

Women in Apprenticeships and Non-Traditional Occupations
Workforce Investment Act

Law Firms' Labor & Employement Postings

DiscriminationAttorney.com

Miscellaneous Workplace Laws

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (Lie Detector Tests)

License & Property Searches 

District of Columbia
DC License Information

Operating Engineers Search – steam and other operating engineers (building management, building engineers)
Plumber License Search – plumbers and plumbing companies
Professional Engineers & Land Surevyors
Real Estate Agent
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Search – individuals and companies
D.C. Corporate Information Search – you must register for an account in order to use this service.
D.C. Real Property Ownership Search – search for the owner of a particular piece of property in D.C. Also includes recently assessed values. 

Maryland
Maryland License Search
 – Includes electrician, plumbing, HVACR, home improvement, and out-of-state corporations license search.

Maryland Corporate Information Search
Maryland Real Property Ownership Search (You must know the county. If you are unsure, consult the map and list of Maryland counties in the Wikipedia online encyclopedia, or try all of the following counties which are near to D.C.: Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard, Anne Arundel, Frederick, Baltimore, Charles and Calvert.) 

Virginia
Virginia Construction Licenses

Virginia Corporation Information Search.
Virginia Real Property Search works on a county by county basis.
If you are unsure, consult the Virginia county map and list of counties and unincorporated cities.
Alexandria, City of
Arlington County
Fairfax County
Loudon County

Pension & Retirement 

U.S. DOL – Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration
Women and Pensions: What Women Need to Know and Do

Safety & Health

OSHA
AFL-CIO Safety and Health
Center to Protect Workers’ Rights – Hazard Alerts
Cornell’s U.S. Workplace Safety and Health Law
Maryland Occupational Safety and Health

Taxes 

D.C. Tax Forms
Tax Help for Low-Income People, Call (800) 829-1040.

Unemployment Compensation

U.S. Unemployment Compensation Law
U.S. Department of Labor UI Page

Unions & Organizing

AFL-CIO Organizing
IGC: LaborNet

Wages & Hours

Maryland Wage and Hour Information
Minimum Wage Laws in the States
U.S. Department of Labor: Wage & Hour Division
–>Overtime
–>Minimum Wage Poster
–>Timesheet Application: An app for employees to independently track the hours they work and determine the wages they are owed/Una aplicación que permite a los empleados capturar independientemente las horas trabajadas y determinar el pago que deben recibir. 

Welfate to Work

D.C. Department of Human Services
U.S. Department of Labor Welfare to Work

Workers' Compensation

AFL-CIO Hurt on the Job
D.C. Workers’ Compensation (private sector)
Maryland Workers’ Compensation Information
U.S. Workers Compensation Law (federal workers – Cornell)

Materiales en Español

Departamento de Trabajo
AFL-CIO en Español
EEOC Aviso (Discriminacion)
FMLA Aviso
Usted Tiene El Derecho A Trabajar
Protección para Empleados Contra Abusos del Examen Poligráfico (Aviso)
Voting & Elections in D.C. – info in Spanish

OSHA en Español

Other Helpful Tools

Reverse Phone Number Lookup – When you know a phone number, this tool may be able to match up a name or address with it.
White Pages – People Search – People S – the Superpages is one of the more up-to-date people searchers on the internet.
Yellow Pages – Superpages for business information.
Zip Code Look Up

Other Useful Links

DC’s Mayor Appointees
Track DC
DC Directory of Agencies and Services
Council of D.C.
China Hot Jobs
Track campaign contributions
Check to see if a lawyer is a member of the DC Bar
DC Freedom of Information Act
Ward Maps
Look up D.C. corporations
Property Search in DC
D.C. Code Online

 

Public Accommodations Project

Dennis Corkery

Senior Staff Attorney

Cases involving civil rights violations in places of public accommodation (businesses open to the public) arise with some frequency, and are staffed by attorneys from the various Committee Projects.

New report issued by the Committee, Equal Rights Center and Hogan Lovells LLP finds taxicabs discriminating against individuals with service dogs.Over the past forty years, the Committee has played a leading role in a series of high-profile national cases, starting with a case against Holiday Spas Health Clubs, and hotel and restaurant chains such as Denny’s and Adams Mark Hotels.

The Committee’s work in this area is not limited to restaurants and hotels. For example, the Committee achieved a major settlement against an Avis rent-a-car franchise in South Carolina in a case that alleged discrimination against black customers. The Committee has successfully sued several local taxicab companies for discrimination against African Americans, as well as refusing to provide equal service to predominantly African-American neighborhoods. Most recently, the Committee is representing the NAACP in a series of lawsuits challenging denials of civil rights of African Americans attending the annual “Black Bike Week” in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The Committee’s pioneering fight against consumer racism – more than 35 years after the sit-ins at segregated lunch counters – has resulted in important victories for individual victims of discrimination and changed the way companies do business.

General Employment Law Sites

Probono.net/dc — join the employment practice area
DiscriminationAttorney.com
Employment Law Case Reports (Clearinghouse)
Government Accountability Project -legal center for government whistleblowers
National Employment Lawyers Association – NELA
National Employee Rights Institute – Workplace Fairness
“Overview of Employment Law (Cornell)”:

Advocacy

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
–> An article on Congress Woman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s advocacy for workers rights.
D.C. Council Page – Legislation, Contact Info
Elected Officials in DC
ANC Chairpersons
D.C. Government
D.C. Department of Employment Services
D.C. Voter Registration
DCWatch
FOIA Contacts at All Federal Agencies
Labor Market Information – D.C.

Americans With Disabilities Act

ADA Information at the Department of Justice
ADA Technical Assistance Program
Bazelon Center’s ADA Site focus on mental disabilities
Job Accommodation Network
Rights of the Disabled

Child Labor

Child Labor Laws
U.S. DOL Wage & Hour Division Youth Page

D.C. Government Employees

Department of Human Resources
Public Employees Relations Board
Workers’ Compensation
D.C. Public Schools Employees – Human Resources

Discrimination 

D.C. Office of Human Rights
DiscriminationAttorney.com
EEOC Home Page
–>EEOC Poster
–>EEOC Aviso En Español
Employment Discrimination
Federal Employees’ EEO Complaint Processing Information
Filing a Charge
Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices

Equal Pay

Equal Pay Act

Family & Medical Leave (FMLA)

D.C. Office of Human Rights
Department of Labor Info on FMLA
–>Poster
–>Anuncio
National Partnership for Women & Families FMLA Page

Federal Contractors

Davis-Bacon (construction) and Related Acts
–>Davis-Bacon Poster
–>Anuncio
Office of Federal Contract Compliance (U.S. Department of Labor)
The McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act
–>Service Contract Act Poster
–>Anuncio

Federal Employees

EEOC: Basic Information About Federal Discrimination Complaints
Merit Systems Protection Board
Retirement Information: OPM
Unemployment Compensation
U.S. Government Manual – lists all federal agencies and contacts
Workers’ Compensation
Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board

Health Insurance

Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration Home Page

Job Training & Job Search

Women in Apprenticeships and Non-Traditional Occupations
Workforce Investment Act

Law Firms' Labor & Employement Postings

DiscriminationAttorney.com

Miscellaneous Workplace Laws

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (Lie Detector Tests)

License & Property Searches 

District of Columbia
DC License Information

Operating Engineers Search – steam and other operating engineers (building management, building engineers)
Plumber License Search – plumbers and plumbing companies
Professional Engineers & Land Surevyors
Real Estate Agent
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Search – individuals and companies
D.C. Corporate Information Search – you must register for an account in order to use this service.
D.C. Real Property Ownership Search – search for the owner of a particular piece of property in D.C. Also includes recently assessed values. 

Maryland
Maryland License Search
 – Includes electrician, plumbing, HVACR, home improvement, and out-of-state corporations license search.

Maryland Corporate Information Search
Maryland Real Property Ownership Search (You must know the county. If you are unsure, consult the map and list of Maryland counties in the Wikipedia online encyclopedia, or try all of the following counties which are near to D.C.: Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard, Anne Arundel, Frederick, Baltimore, Charles and Calvert.) 

Virginia
Virginia Construction Licenses

Virginia Corporation Information Search.
Virginia Real Property Search works on a county by county basis.
If you are unsure, consult the Virginia county map and list of counties and unincorporated cities.
Alexandria, City of
Arlington County
Fairfax County
Loudon County

Pension & Retirement 

U.S. DOL – Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration
Women and Pensions: What Women Need to Know and Do

Safety & Health

OSHA
AFL-CIO Safety and Health
Center to Protect Workers’ Rights – Hazard Alerts
Cornell’s U.S. Workplace Safety and Health Law
Maryland Occupational Safety and Health

Taxes 

D.C. Tax Forms
Tax Help for Low-Income People, Call (800) 829-1040.

Unemployment Compensation

U.S. Unemployment Compensation Law
U.S. Department of Labor UI Page

Unions & Organizing

AFL-CIO Organizing
IGC: LaborNet

Wages & Hours

Maryland Wage and Hour Information
Minimum Wage Laws in the States
U.S. Department of Labor: Wage & Hour Division
–>Overtime
–>Minimum Wage Poster
–>Timesheet Application: An app for employees to independently track the hours they work and determine the wages they are owed/Una aplicación que permite a los empleados capturar independientemente las horas trabajadas y determinar el pago que deben recibir. 

Welfate to Work

D.C. Department of Human Services
U.S. Department of Labor Welfare to Work

Workers' Compensation

AFL-CIO Hurt on the Job
D.C. Workers’ Compensation (private sector)
Maryland Workers’ Compensation Information
U.S. Workers Compensation Law (federal workers – Cornell)

Materiales en Español

Departamento de Trabajo
AFL-CIO en Español
EEOC Aviso (Discriminacion)
FMLA Aviso
Usted Tiene El Derecho A Trabajar
Protección para Empleados Contra Abusos del Examen Poligráfico (Aviso)
Voting & Elections in D.C. – info in Spanish

OSHA en Español

Other Helpful Tools

Reverse Phone Number Lookup – When you know a phone number, this tool may be able to match up a name or address with it.
White Pages – People Search – People S – the Superpages is one of the more up-to-date people searchers on the internet.
Yellow Pages – Superpages for business information.
Zip Code Look Up

Other Useful Links

DC’s Mayor Appointees
Track DC
DC Directory of Agencies and Services
Council of D.C.
China Hot Jobs
Track campaign contributions
Check to see if a lawyer is a member of the DC Bar
DC Freedom of Information Act
Ward Maps
Look up D.C. corporations
Property Search in DC
D.C. Code Online

Fair Housing Project

Catherine Cone Staff Attorney
Brook Hill Equal Justice Works Fellow
Amal Mimish Paralegal


Established in the mid-1970s, the Fair Housing Project addresses denials of equal housing opportunity based on race, national origin, gender, sex, sexual orientation, disability, source of income, familial status (children under the age of 18), and other classes protected under federal, state, and local fair housing laws. From its inception, the Project has been at the forefront of some of the most significant cases involving race and national origin discrimination, including cases involving racial violence and organized hate groups.

Group photo of the Knights of St. John

Over the years, the Project’s work has expanded into new and emerging areas, including predatory lending, redlining, discriminatory real estate advertising, insurance discrimination, exclusionary zoning and other discriminatory practices by municipalities, discrimination against families with children, and discrimination against low-income families who use housing subsidies. The Project has brought a number of high-profile cases against multi-family housing developers that have failed to design and construct properties in accordance with the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. In many of its cases, the Project has represented the Equal Rights Center in the ERC’s ground-breaking efforts to utilize paired testers to investigate allegations of discrimination.

With the assistance of law firms and members of the private bar working pro bono, the Project has achieved landmark precedents and monetary verdicts, and it has increased housing and economic opportunities for thousands of people of color, women, people with disabilities, Housing Choice Voucher holders, and members of other protected groups.

Sarah Bourbeau

The Committee's Fair Housing Project currently has a very active docket of cases pending in federal and state courts within the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Most recently, the Project has partnered with ONE DC in their work organizing tenants at subsidized properties transitioning to market rate.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Project

Matthew K. Handley Project Director  
Dennis Corkery Senior Staff Attorney  
Samantha Weaver Paralegal  


Established in 1971 as the Committee’s first project, the Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) Project challenges all forms of illegal discrimination in the workplace. Since its inception, the Project has been on the forefront of upholding and expanding federal, state, and local EEO laws and has filed hundreds of cases and more than 60 class actions.  The EEO Project’s work counseling and representing members of protected classes has helped thousands of area workers to attain justice and receive monetary and injunctive relief.

One of the Project’s first campaigns was on behalf of African Americans seeking employment during the construction of the D.C. Metro system, just as Congress was poised to enact major new legislation providing federal, state, and local workers with their first meaningful protections against employment discrimination.  Working with a coalition of community organizations, the Committee initiated an extensive litigation campaign challenging denials of training and job referrals by unions and contractors throughout the region.  The newly created EEO Project won precedent-setting victories in several major lawsuits, opened significant employment opportunities for African Americans and laid the groundwork for dozens of major cases on behalf of federal workers.

Project Activities

The Project currently has an active docket of cases pending in federal and state courts in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.  Current clients have claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other federal and state laws, involving sexual harassment, racial harassment, racially discriminatory non-promotion and other employment actions, pregnancy discrimination, disability discrimination, national origin discrimination and retaliation.  The Project advocates on behalf of private sector and federal and other government sector employees, and in courts, administrative tribunals and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.  Over the years, the Project’s work has expanded into new and emerging areas, including cases alleging violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and local laws protecting people with criminal records.

In addition to litigating its ongoing docket of cases, the Project receives between 500 and 1,000 requests for legal assistance each year, each of which Project staff reviews and investigates in order to provide advice, representation and/or referrals to the individuals seeking assistance.  The Project also uses its employment law expertise to submit amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs and to conduct trainings and outreach on workers’ rights and employment discrimination litigation.

With the assistance of law firms and members of the private bar working pro bono, the Project has achieved landmark precedents and monetary verdicts, and has increased employment and economic opportunities for thousands of people of color, women, people with disabilities, and members of other protected groups.

General Employment Law Sites

Probono.net/dc — join the employment practice area
DiscriminationAttorney.com
Employment Law Case Reports (Clearinghouse)
Government Accountability Project -legal center for government whistleblowers
National Employment Lawyers Association – NELA
National Employee Rights Institute – Workplace Fairness
“Overview of Employment Law (Cornell)”:

Advocacy

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
–> An article on Congress Woman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s advocacy for workers rights.
D.C. Council Page – Legislation, Contact Info
Elected Officials in DC
ANC Chairpersons
D.C. Government
D.C. Department of Employment Services
D.C. Voter Registration
DCWatch
FOIA Contacts at All Federal Agencies
Labor Market Information – D.C.

Americans With Disabilities Act

ADA Information at the Department of Justice
ADA Technical Assistance Program
Bazelon Center’s ADA Site focus on mental disabilities
Job Accommodation Network
Rights of the Disabled

Child Labor

Child Labor Laws
U.S. DOL Wage & Hour Division Youth Page

D.C. Government Employees

Department of Human Resources
Public Employees Relations Board
Workers’ Compensation
D.C. Public Schools Employees – Human Resources

Discrimination 

D.C. Office of Human Rights
DiscriminationAttorney.com
EEOC Home Page
–>EEOC Poster
–>EEOC Aviso En Español
Employment Discrimination
Federal Employees’ EEO Complaint Processing Information
Filing a Charge
Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices

Equal Pay

Equal Pay Act

Family & Medical Leave (FMLA)

D.C. Office of Human Rights
Department of Labor Info on FMLA
–>Poster
–>Anuncio
National Partnership for Women & Families FMLA Page

Federal Contractors

Davis-Bacon (construction) and Related Acts
–>Davis-Bacon Poster
–>Anuncio
Office of Federal Contract Compliance (U.S. Department of Labor)
The McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act
–>Service Contract Act Poster
–>Anuncio

Federal Employees

EEOC: Basic Information About Federal Discrimination Complaints
Merit Systems Protection Board
Retirement Information: OPM
Unemployment Compensation
U.S. Government Manual – lists all federal agencies and contacts
Workers’ Compensation
Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board

Health Insurance

Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration Home Page

Job Training & Job Search

Women in Apprenticeships and Non-Traditional Occupations
Workforce Investment Act

Law Firms' Labor & Employement Postings

DiscriminationAttorney.com

Miscellaneous Workplace Laws

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (Lie Detector Tests)

License & Property Searches 

District of Columbia
DC License Information

Operating Engineers Search – steam and other operating engineers (building management, building engineers)
Plumber License Search – plumbers and plumbing companies
Professional Engineers & Land Surevyors
Real Estate Agent
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Search – individuals and companies
D.C. Corporate Information Search – you must register for an account in order to use this service.
D.C. Real Property Ownership Search – search for the owner of a particular piece of property in D.C. Also includes recently assessed values. 

Maryland
Maryland License Search
 – Includes electrician, plumbing, HVACR, home improvement, and out-of-state corporations license search.

Maryland Corporate Information Search
Maryland Real Property Ownership Search (You must know the county. If you are unsure, consult the map and list of Maryland counties in the Wikipedia online encyclopedia, or try all of the following counties which are near to D.C.: Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard, Anne Arundel, Frederick, Baltimore, Charles and Calvert.) 

Virginia
Virginia Construction Licenses

Virginia Corporation Information Search.
Virginia Real Property Search works on a county by county basis.
If you are unsure, consult the Virginia county map and list of counties and unincorporated cities.
Alexandria, City of
Arlington County
Fairfax County
Loudon County

Pension & Retirement 

U.S. DOL – Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration
Women and Pensions: What Women Need to Know and Do

Safety & Health

OSHA
AFL-CIO Safety and Health
Center to Protect Workers’ Rights – Hazard Alerts
Cornell’s U.S. Workplace Safety and Health Law
Maryland Occupational Safety and Health

Taxes 

D.C. Tax Forms
Tax Help for Low-Income People, Call (800) 829-1040.

Unemployment Compensation

U.S. Unemployment Compensation Law
U.S. Department of Labor UI Page

Unions & Organizing

AFL-CIO Organizing
IGC: LaborNet

Wages & Hours

Maryland Wage and Hour Information
Minimum Wage Laws in the States
U.S. Department of Labor: Wage & Hour Division
–>Overtime
–>Minimum Wage Poster
–>Timesheet Application: An app for employees to independently track the hours they work and determine the wages they are owed/Una aplicación que permite a los empleados capturar independientemente las horas trabajadas y determinar el pago que deben recibir. 

Welfate to Work

D.C. Department of Human Services
U.S. Department of Labor Welfare to Work

Workers' Compensation

AFL-CIO Hurt on the Job
D.C. Workers’ Compensation (private sector)
Maryland Workers’ Compensation Information
U.S. Workers Compensation Law (federal workers – Cornell)

Materiales en Español

Departamento de Trabajo
AFL-CIO en Español
EEOC Aviso (Discriminacion)
FMLA Aviso
Usted Tiene El Derecho A Trabajar
Protección para Empleados Contra Abusos del Examen Poligráfico (Aviso)
Voting & Elections in D.C. – info in Spanish

OSHA en Español

Other Helpful Tools

Reverse Phone Number Lookup – When you know a phone number, this tool may be able to match up a name or address with it.
White Pages – People Search – People S – the Superpages is one of the more up-to-date people searchers on the internet.
Yellow Pages – Superpages for business information.
Zip Code Look Up

Other Useful Links

DC’s Mayor Appointees
Track DC
DC Directory of Agencies and Services
Council of D.C.
China Hot Jobs
Track campaign contributions
Check to see if a lawyer is a member of the DC Bar
DC Freedom of Information Act
Ward Maps
Look up D.C. corporations
Property Search in DC
D.C. Code Online

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