Bilingual (Spanish & English) fluency required.
The Legal Department at Make the Road New York (MRNY) works to strengthen Make the Road’s organizing work by (1) helping to envision and leverage strategies (including strategic litigation) that help win our organizing campaigns; (2) providing technical legal support for policy work; and (3) providing legal and support services to draw in new members and help meet the immediate needs of MRNY’s members. The Department currently employs approximately 60 attorneys, advocates and case managers. Our legal team is integrated into all aspects of the organization’s work.
Make the Road New York (MRNY), seeks a highly motivated, organized, and dedicated employment law attorney to join our Workplace Justice Legal Team. Our Workplace Justice Team handles a wide range of employment-related legal matters facing our members and
provides strategic support on city-wide worker organizing. Casework will include issues of wage theft, employment discrimination, paid sick leave, accessing workers' compensation benefits, and health & safety issues on the job.
The attorney will, among other things:
Handle an employment law caseload that involves a range of legal representation and advocacy, from direct negotiation and resolution of cases, filing administrative claims, to multi-plaintiff federal court litigation.
Work closely with MRNY members and organizers to envision and implement strategic affirmative litigation projects and leverage other strategies that strengthen MRNY's worker organizing.
Work with Make the Road New York organizers and other partners to support campaigns, provide legal clinics and facilitate know-your-rights workshops.
Participate in legal team and organization wide meetings.
Maintain case data and cooperate with reporting requirements.
Admission (or eligibility for admission) to practice law in New York State or the possibility of waiving into the state.
Demonstrated commitment to social justice and community building. Spanish language fluency.
Interpersonal and organizational skills of the highest caliber.
Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-energy environment.
At least 1 year of relevant experience practicing employment law, preferably wage and hour law. ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
Experience working with populations that make up major portions of Make the Road's membership – such as documented and undocumented immigrants, women facing domestic violence, members of LGBTQ communities, and youth.
Persons of color, persons with disabilities, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals are encouraged to apply. Make the Road is an equal opportunity employer.
Starting salary is based on a scale set by a democratically-elected personnel committee and will depend on factors such as experience and education. Generous package of vacation, personal and sick days. Excellent health and dental coverage and family leave policies.
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