Workers’ Rights Attorney – Riverside

Posted by: Worksafe

Ontario, CA, US

Worksafe is seeking a junior-level attorney with initiative and a passion for advocating for vulnerable low -wage and immigrant workers to work with us on a new initiative to advance the rights and job security of California workers employed by staffing agencies as temporary workers. This is a full-time position for a junior attorney; however, we will consider more experienced candidates for a part-time position.

About Us Worksafe is a California-based nonprofit that advocates for the basic right of all workers to a safe and healthy workplace. We advocate for strong worker health and safety laws and effective remedies for injured workers, engage in campaigns with worker organizations and activist networks to eliminate toxic chemical and other workplace hazards, and watchdog government agencies to ensure they are protecting workers.

In addition to advocacy and policy work, we are a support center for California legal aid organizations whose clients face workplace health or safety hazards, suffer injuries, or face retaliation at work for exercising their rights under health and safety laws. We provide legal aid groups with training, technical assistance, and litigation support, improving access to justice for low-wage and immigrant workers, workers most vulnerable to having their rights violated or suffering workplace injuries.

Job Description This job is currently funded to be a one-year (through December 2017) attorney position to staff Worksafe’s “Economic Security and Workplace Safety for Temporary and Contingent Workers” Project (hereinafter referred to as “Project”). The goal of the project is to incorporate policy and legal advocacy with worker empowerment strategies to support and promote the economic stabilization of temporary and contingent workers. The term of the position may be extended subject to continuation of funding. The Attorney will be located at the Warehouse Worker Resource Center (WWRC) in Ontario and will be co-supervised by a Project Coordinator at the WWRC in Ontario and the Managing Attorney of Worksafe in Oakland.

The attorney will be responsible for applying legal knowledge in the fields of occupational safety and health, workers’ compensation, and other fields of labor employment law. The attorney will need to become familiar with occupational safety and health 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 training in the requisite legal practice areas, but some experience in advocacy regarding workers’ issues is helpful.

The attorney will conduct research and provide legal assistance and advice (subject to state bar licensing requirements), primarily to legal services attorneys, but also to others who represent low-wage and immigrant workers (private attorneys, unions, worker and community representatives). On occasion, the attorney may provide advice directly to workers in partnership with a legal aid organization.

The attorney will support organizing and coalition-building with a diverse group of stakeholders (workers, worker leaders, unions, legal aid attorneys, community centers, faith based advocates, etc.) to increase awareness of the workplace issues of temporary and contingent workers. This may require travel to various regions in California.

The attorney will conduct trainings on health and safety and other workplace rights issues for workers using popular education methods.

The attorney will develop written and multimedia resources, including practice guides and training materials, to be used to build the capacity of legal aid and other organizations to address health and safety and other work-related legal issues encountered by their clients/constituents.

The attorney will conduct education and outreach with stakeholder organizations and play a key role in organizing, planning and conducting meetings in different parts of the state on issues facing temporary and contingent workers, as well as a statewide summit to develop a multi-year agenda to advance the economic security, health and safety of temporary and contingent workers.

The attorney will help develop policy reform proposals to advance good, safe jobs and economic security for temporary and contingent workers.

Desired Qualifications

  • Member in Good Standing of California Bar (preferred but not required)
  • Proven dedication to social justice issues.
  • Experience as a legal advocate for workers.
  • Experience 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
  • Knowledge of basic PC applications (i.e. Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint), as well as virtual meeting technology (e.g., Google Hangout).
  • Bilingual in Spanish (preferred).

SALARY: Commensurate with experience.

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