Workers' Rights Attorney (Southern California)
Worksafe is seeking a full-time junior-level attorney to work with us on an initiative to advance the rights and job security of temporary and contingent workers.
Worksafe is a California-based legal aid organization that advocates for the basic right of all workers to a safe and healthy workplace. We engage in campaigns in coalition with worker organizations and activist networks to advocate for protective worker health and safety laws and effective remedies for injured workers.
In addition to advocacy and policy work, we support legal aid and worker rights organizations whose clients encounter workplace health or safety issues, workplace injuries, or retaliation for reporting unsafe work. We provide legal training, technical assistance, and advocacy support to legal aid programs who serve low-wage and immigrant workers, improving access to justice for the state’s most vulnerable workers.
The attorney will staff Worksafe’s “California Alliance for Secure Employment” Project (“Project”) in the Riverside/San Bernardino/Ontario and Los Angeles areas and will provide support to legal aid organizations throughout Southern California on occupational safety and health (“OSH”) issues.
The goals of the project are to incorporate policy and legal advocacy with worker empowerment strategies to support and promote the economic stabilization of low income and vulnerable workers, with an emphasis on temporary and contingent workers. The attorney will be located at the Warehouse Worker Resource Center (WWRC) in Ontario, California and in Los Angeles at a site to be determined.
The attorney will need to be or become familiar with OSH laws and standards, related scientific and technical issues, workers’ compensation law, and other areas of labor and employment law in order to provide legal and strategic advice. Worksafe will provide support and professional development in the requisite legal practice areas.
- Legal Services: The attorney will be expected to provide legal support services (trainings, technical assistance, or impact litigation) to the WWRC, qualified legal aid organizations (QLSPs), and a diverse group of stakeholders (workers, worker leaders, unions, legal aid attorneys, community centers, faith based advocates, etc.).
- Coalition Building: The attorney will facilitate and lead efforts in the coalition affiliated with the Project, including supporting worker organizing efforts of WWRC and other coalition partners.
- Resource Development: The attorney will develop written and multimedia resources, including practice guides and training materials, where needed.
- Policy Advocacy: The attorney will engage in regulatory and legislative policy work to support the Project and Worksafe’s mission of safe and secure work.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Member in Good Standing of California Bar or applicants with pending Bar results
- Proven dedication to social justice issues
- Experience as a legal advocate for workers
- Familiarity with organizing and mobilizing at the grassroots level
- Experience with issue or organizing campaigns involving the rights of workers
- Exceptional analytical and legal research skills
- Exceptional writing ability
- Exceptional verbal communication skills
- Ability to work as part of a team, independently manage priorities, and manage and complete projects with minimal supervision
- Highly reliable and responsive
- Experience designing and conducting trainings
- Understanding of, or ability to learn, basic technical and scientific concepts related to safety engineering and industrial hygiene
- Willingness to travel and a valid driver’s license required
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Drive applications (Docs, Sheets, Slides) as well as virtual meeting technology (e.g., Google Hangout)
- Bilingual in Spanish (preferred)
This is a junior level position with a salary range of $50,000 to $55,000 depending upon experience. Generous benefits package. While this is a permanent position, it is contingent on funding, which is currently guaranteed through December of 2020. We are actively pursuing funding to ensure the continued success of the project.
HOW TO APPLY
Apply at https://worksafe.org/about/careers.html. Fill out the webform, and attach your cover letter, resume, and writing sample in Word doc or PDF formats. We may request references.
DATE POSTED: June 28, 2019
DEADLINE: July 19, 2019
Worksafe is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. Diverse applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply, please fill out the form below, and attach your cover letter and resume in the appropriate fields.