Labor & Employment Committee

DSC_1589The DC NLG Labor and Employment Committee serves as a liaison between the DC Guild and legal organizations that represent organized labor and workers. The Labor and Employment Committee also provides direct support to organized labor and other organizations that represent workers.  It is composed of lawyers, law students, legal workers, and worker representatives.  The Committee has monthly meetings and also hosts regular social events, including happy hours, movie nights, and labor-related outings.  Please contact Amy Gellatly (amygellatly@gmail.com) or Andrew Kelser (andrew.kelser@nlgphilly.org) for more information

Resources for Enforcing People’s Rights

  1. resources-for-enforcing-people‘s rights ( with links)
  2. Employment Justice Center’s Workers’ Rights Manual
  3. You Have the Right to be Heard – guidance for workers on organizing from the National NLG’s Labor & Employment Committee
  4. Link to file charges with the National Labor Relations Board if your rights have been violated while you were organizing
  5. Link to file complaints at the DC Office of Wage-Hour if you weren’t paid the right wages or were denied paid sick leave in DC
  6. Link to file complaints at the DC Office of Human Rights if you were discriminated against on the job or experienced a violation of DC’s Ban the Box law.
  7. DOL’s fact sheet on the Davis Bacon Act, which protects construction workers on projects funded by the federal or DC government.
  8. Information about the new federal Overtime Rule, expanding overtime protections to many workers who may have previously been excluded as “managers”
  9. Information about the Department of Labor’s Whistleblower Protection Program
  10. Workplace Fairness – information about many different labor & employment laws
  11. Information about federal anti-retaliation laws

Links to Other Workers’ Rights Organizations

  1. DC Jobs with Justice – a local coalition of community and labor groups working to improve the rights of working people in DC
  2. Restaurant Opportunity Center – a restaurant workers’ organization focused on improving the working conditions in the restaurant industry
  3. Employment Justice Center – a legal service organization that offers free advice about workers’ rights issues and advocates to improve DC laws
  4. ONE DC’s Black Workers’ Center
  5. First Shift Justice Project– a legal organization focusing on the needs of low-income pregnant women and parents
  6. Casa de Maryland – a Latino and immigration advocacy organization
  7. Jews United for Justice – a grassroots community that seeks to repair the world by concentrating on issues of local concern
  8. National Domestic Worker Alliance – the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States
  9. Labor Notes – a media and organizing project that has been the voice of union activists who want to put the movement back in the labor movement
  10. National Employment Law Project – a national policy and research organization that promotes workers’ rights
  11. The AFL-CIO – the umbrella federation for U.S. unions
    1. With a list of the member unions here
  12. The Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA)