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

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