Day Labor Outreach and Wage Recovery Project Fellowship
Legal Aid at Work seeks a recent law school graduate or an attorney with a deep commitment to advancing
workers’ rights to expand its Day Labor Outreach and Wage Recovery Project (Project). While wage theft is
predominant among the low-wage industries, it is particularly rampant in construction, an industry whose
workforce is largely Latino. The goals of the Project are to combat wage theft in the construction industry –
specifically, on behalf of immigrant, day laborers – through education and strategic enforcement and to restore
economic security for those most vulnerable.
The Fellow, in collaboration with a number of day labor programs around the San Francisco Bay Area, will
conduct outreach and know-your-rights trainings to the client community; hold regular clinics at day labor
program to provide legal advice and representation; train day labor program staff on wage and hour law and
effective tools in the fight against wage theft; enforce wage and hour law through demand letters, mechanic’s
liens, and wage claims filed with the California Labor Commissioner; represent clients in administrative
hearings, through negotiations, and possibly in foreclosure actions and wage and hour lawsuits in state court.
As an integral member of Legal Aid at Work’s Wage Protection Program, the Fellow will work closely with the
Program Director and Staff Attorneys, as well as with staff members and worker leaders of the San Francisco
Day Labor Program, Monument Impact (in Concord), and Centro Laboral de Graton. The grant-funded
fellowship position is for one year, starting in late September or early October 2018, with a commitment to
renew for a second year.
Demonstrated commitment to the rights of low-wage worker and immigrant communities and
Legal Aid at Work’s mission; excellent communication skills and strong leadership abilities; proven ability to
work independently and cooperatively with others; strong organizational skills and experience juggling a high
volume caseload with tight deadlines; courteous and cooperative work style; flexibility to adapt the project to
the needs of the community and collaborative partners; established knowledge of and interest in employment
law, generally, and wage-and-hour law, specifically; familiarity with the mechanic’s lien process and/or the
administrative wage claim process of the California Labor Commissioner and/or California state court civil
procedure; Spanish language fluency and cultural competency is required. The candidate should have
California Bar membership or must have sat for the California Bar and is awaiting results.
CompensationThe annualized salary for this fellowship is $52,000/yr. Benefits include health plans, long-term disability and life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, and paid vacation and holidays.
The position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates should submit a detailed cover letter
with résumé, a legal writing sample, and three professional references to:
Day Labor Outreach and Wage Recovery Project Fellowship Committee, Legal Aid at Work