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Workers’ Rights Clinic

Workers’ Rights Clinic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington Lawyers’ Committee has transitioned the Workers’ Rights Clinic to a telephonic legal advice service.

Any worker with an employment related matter including unpaid wages, discrimination, family and medical leave act (FMLA violations), unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, sexual harassment, barriers to employment, and sick leave violations should contact the Workers’ Rights Clinic via phone (202) 319-1000 ext. 118 or clinic@washlaw.org to schedule a telephonic intake appointment. For Spanish please call (202) 319-1000 ext. 123.

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 Washington Lawyers’ Committee volunteers and staff are, however, usually able to help a worker at the 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 the clinic, each case is screened by a Washington Lawyers’ Committee attorney. In a small percentage of cases, the Washington Lawyers’ Committee 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 Washington Lawyers’ Committee will notify the worker.

Contact us: Phone: 202-319-1000, E-mail: clinic@washlaw.org


CONTRIBUTIONS

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.