Staff Attorney, Wage Protection Program
Legal Aid at Work seeks an attorney for its Wage Protection Program with experience in and a deep commitment to advancing workers’ rights to assume significant responsibility in impact and enforcement litigation and other advocacy efforts on behalf of low-wage workers experiencing wage theft, retaliation, and/or labor trafficking. The mission of the Wage Protection Program is to empower workers in low-wage industries to attain economic security for themselves and their families by enforcing wage and anti-trafficking protections. The Program provides legal assistance to individuals, small groups, and classes of workers who have experienced wage theft – challenging wage and hour violations such as misclassification, failure to pay all hours worked, minimum wage, overtime, meal and rest breaks, among other kinds of violations – retaliation, and/or labor trafficking, The Program also helps unemployed workers secure unemployment insurance.
With oversight from the Program Director, the Staff Attorney will be involved in all aspects of the Program’s activities, primarily working on state and federal court wage and hour, labor trafficking, and retaliation litigation from initial fact investigation and complaint drafting through motion practice, discovery, trial, and potentially appellate work, including drafting amicus curiae briefs; and representing clients through the administrative process before the respective agencies. The Staff Attorney may also be responsible for managing selected case matters arising from LAAW’s ongoing collaboration with worker centers and occasionally supervising the Wage Rights Clinic, if needed; the Staff Attorney may also engage in federal, state, and local policy advocacy (often within coalitions) and conduct community outreach and education. The Staff Attorney may be expected to assist in litigating cases in other Legal Aid at Work program areas as well.
The position requires California Bar membership, a minimum of two years of legal experience including judicial clerkships or in a relevant public interest organization or employment law firm, with a primary focus on wage and hour and/or labor trafficking litigation; knowledge of federal and California wage and hour law, employment law, and court procedures; and excellent legal research and writing and oral advocacy skills. Importantly, candidates must additionally possess a close familiarity with current legal issues relevant to the rights of low-wage, and primarily, immigrant workers, and, more generally, an awareness of and sensitivity to the social and policy issues that inform advocacy on their behalf. The successful candidate also will be a creative problem solver, strategic thinker, and legal innovator. And, the successful candidate must possess strong interpersonal skills, leadership and organizational abilities, and work collaboratively within teams as well as independently. Experience working with low-wage worker and immigrant communities, and fluency or a high level of proficiency in Spanish, or another commonly spoken foreign language, are strongly preferred. A commitment to Legal Aid at Work’s mission is essential.
CompensationLegal Aid at Work offers salaries that are competitive in the Bay Area public interest law community. Benefits include health plans, long-term disability and life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, and generous paid vacation and holidays. This position is union-represented and the minimum salary is $58,919 per year; salary placement at hire and salary advancement will be in accordance with the negotiated salary scale for this position.
Legal Aid at Work will accept applications through Monday May 11, 2020. We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented communities to apply. Interested candidates should submit a detailed cover letter with résumé, a legal writing sample, and three professional references to:
Staff Attorney Search Committee, Legal Aid at Work
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