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 through employment and/or labor trafficking litigation.
This position has responsibility for impact and enforcement litigation, limited client representation, and other advocacy efforts. 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 – and/or labor trafficking.
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 state agencies. The Staff Attorney will occasionally engage in federal, state, and local policy advocacy (often within coalitions) and conduct community outreach and education. The Staff Attorney may also assist in litigating cases in other Legal Aid at Work program areas.
The position requires California Bar membership, a minimum of three years of progressively developing litigation responsibility 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. The position will remain open until filled.
Interested candidates should submit a detailed cover letter with résumé, two legal writing samples, law school transcript, and three professional references to: Staff Attorney Search Committee, Legal Aid at Work. Email: email@example.com