Workers’ Rights Clinic

For workers that need help with employment law problems, the Washington Lawyers' Committee holds a Workers’ Rights Clinic where low-income workers can walk in without an appointment and have a one-on-one consultation with a trained Intake Volunteer who will provide legal advice and assistance with brief services, under the supervision of an experienced employment law attorney.

We cover all areas of employment law at the clinic, including: unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, family and medical leave act (FMLA) violations, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, unlawful discrimination and harassment, and wrongful termination. Please see the information below for clinic locations and times.

At clinic workers do not speak directly with attorneys and workers are not usually referred to attorneys for representation. The WLC volunteers and staff are, however, usually able to help a worker at clinic by providing legal advice, assisting with writing a letter to or filing a complaint with the appropriate agency or their supervisor, and/or coaching the worker on the next steps to be taken in litigation. After clinic, each case is screened by an WLC attorney. In a small percentage of cases, the WLC is able to refer a worker to an attorney or to take a case for representation. If a worker’s case is selected for potential representation, the WLC will notify the worker.


Bread for the City NW – Wednesdays

Every Wednesday evening at Bread for the City NW, 1525 7th St. NW, Washington, DC.

Clients are seen on a “first come, first served” basis. The sign-in process starts at 5 pm and intakes begin at 6 pm. Walk-ins are accepted until 7:30 pm if space is available. The WLC may not be able to see every client that attends the clinic, so please get to clinic as early as possible.

For those on public transport, take the green train line to the Shaw/Howard University metro stop, Bread for the City is a few blocks away on 7th Street. You can also take the 70/71, G2 and G8 lines on metrobus. Parking is free when available, in a private parking lot attached to the clinic and on the street.


The WLC holds monthly clinics at two different locations in SE DC.

Neighborhood Legal Service Program SE – 1st and 3rd Fridays

This clinic is held at 2811 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC on the first and third Friday of each month. Please call 202-319-1000 for an appointment.

Walk-ins may be accepted but preference is given to those with appointments.

2811 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC. This location is served by the M6 bus from Potomac Ave. Station, as well as the 36, 39, and K11 buses.

Bread for the City SE – One Saturday each month

Bread for the City SE Clinic will be held on the last Saturday of each month (except August). Walk-ins accepted from 10 am to 12 pm.

1640 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC. Parking is available. On public transportation, the 92 or W8 bus will take you right to the clinic.


In order to help cover the cost of the Clinic, we suggest that workers make a donation to the WLC, if they can afford to do so. The donation will help us serve more people with legal problems on their job who cannot afford an attorney. If a worker is unable to make a donation, we understand and will still be happy to help with work-related legal problems.

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