Workers’ Rights Manual

For some fifty years, the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (WLC) has labored to defend the rights of working people, and to address the issues of poverty, racism, and other forms of discrimination. The WLC presents this 2022 edition of the Workers’ Rights Manual. The Workers’ Rights Manual was originally published by the District of Columbia Employment Justice Center. In April 2017, the EJC merged into the Washington Lawyers’ Committee and its efforts on behalf of justice for low-wage workers are now an integral part of the WLC. This manual is an attempt to provide a comprehensive source of legal information about the rights of workers in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia area.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction & Disclaimer
  2. Wage and Hour
  3. Unemployment Compensation
  4. Family and Medical Leave
  5. Discrimination
  6. Sexual Harassment
  7. Pregnant Workers’ Rights
  8. Workers’ Compensation
  9. Occupational Safety & Health
  10. Termination: Exceptions to Employment At-Will
  11. Employment Tort Claims
  12. Labor Unions & Labor Law
  13. International Employees
  14. Federal Government Workers
  15. Employee Benefits
  16. Other Employment Rights
  17. Domestic Violence as an Employment Issue
  18. Immigration and Employment
  19. Arrest and Conviction Records as a Barrier to Employment
  20. Employment Law Statutes of Limitations Reference
  21. D.C. Employment Law Referrals
  22. Maryland Employment Law Referrals
  23. Virginia Employment Law Referrals

Download a full PDF version of the Workers’ Rights Manual here.

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