AG Racine Announces Lawsuit Against Arise Virtual Solutions & Comcast Cable Communications Management for Failing to Pay Legally Due Wages to Customer Service Agents

Attorney General Karl A. Racine today announced a wage theft lawsuit against Arise Virtual Solutions, Inc. and Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC. Arise is a customer service support company that contracts with companies like Comcast to outsource their customer service needs. The lawsuit alleges that Arise and Comcast denied customer service agents minimum wage, overtime, and paid sick leave by misclassifying them as independent contractors rather than employees. Arise targets women of color in their marketing for service agents and then denies those workers the pay and benefits required by District law. Arise’s scheme has injured at least 180 workers in the District. OAG’s investigation into other companies engaged in similar unlawful schemes with Arise continues. 

AG Racine Sues Construction Companies for Misclassifying Workers and Violating Workers' Rights

 Attorney General Karl A. Racine today announced a new lawsuit against Dynamic Contracting, Inc., a construction company that specializes in drywall installation, two of Dynamic’s general contractors, and four of Dynamic’s labor subcontractors for engaging in a scheme to reduce their costs through the systemic and widespread misclassification of workers on construction projects throughout the District.  

Protecting Workers' Rights

At my office, we work every day to stand up for District workers who may not always have a voice, including by fighting wage theft and protecting workers’ rights. Since 2017, my office has opened over 50 wage theft investigations, and has recovered more than $3.2 million in restitution for workers.

Protegiendo Los Derechos de Los Trabajadores y Reportar Violaciones de Robo de Salario

En la Oficina del Fiscal General (OAG- Office of the Attorney General), trabajamos todos los días para abogar y proteger los trabajadores del Distrito que muchas veces no tienen una voz, incluyéndose para reportar robos de salarios, proteger sus derechos, y fiscalizando a patronos si violentan las leyes del Distrito- una de las leyes más progresivas en cuanto a derechos de trabajadores en la nación- patronos que no logran pagarle a sus trabajadores, o que no les pagan a tiempo, pueden ser responsabilizados por cuatro veces el monto adeudado de salarios, más penalidades administrativas, honorarios de abogados y costas.

OP-ED: Unequal justice under the law

The confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the highest court in the land will likely cement the concerted efforts by conservative activists over the recent decades to appoint a Supreme Court that will move the federal judiciary from a home for justice into an institution where individual rights are subordinated to the interests of big business in the country.

Know Your Rights: COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave

In May, the D.C. Council passed a temporary expansion of the District’s Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act (ASSLA), which provides some workers additional paid sick leave during the COVID-19 emergency.