Workers' Rights/Employment Law Attorney

Empire Justice Center - Rochester, IN4.7

Full-timeEstimated: $67,000 - $92,000 a year
Full Time
Rochester, New York

The Organization
Empire Justice is a statewide, multi‐issue, multi‐strategy non‐profit law firm focused on
improving the “systems” within which poor and low‐income families live. With a focus on
poverty law, Empire Justice Center undertakes research and training, acts as an
informational clearinghouse, and provides direct representation and support to local legal
services programs and community based organizations. As an advocacy organization, we
engage in legislative and administrative advocacy on behalf of those harmed by poverty
and discrimination. As a nonprofit law firm, we provide legal assistance to those in need
and undertake impact litigation in order to protect and defend the rights of disenfranchised
New Yorkers.

Empire Justice employs dedicated, determined, and passionate advocates who work
together to make a significant impact on the lives of low‐income New Yorkers. With offices
in Rochester, Albany, Westchester, and Long Island our organization offers staff an exciting
and dynamic working environment and a strong commitment to teamwork, diversity, and
personal/professional development.

The Position
Empire Justice is seeking an experienced attorney to serve in our Rochester office. As a
member of our Civil Rights, Education and Employment Practice Group, the Workers’
Rights Attorney will have the opportunity to work with team members to develop and
litigate systemic change employment cases and will manage a caseload representing
diverse individuals and groups of low‐wage workers living throughout the Genesee Valley
region. These cases include federal and state wage claims, employment discrimination,
enforcement of state and federal labor protective statutes, civil rights matters, and other
related areas of law. The Workers’ Rights Attorney will have the opportunity to develop
dynamic and creative strategies that help workers achieve justice, through systemic
litigation. An integral part of the Attorney’s work also includes advocacy on behalf of low
wage workers through state level policy initiatives, and collaboration with community
organizations supporting the low‐income and marginalized communities we serve.
Depending upon experience, the Workers’ Rights Attorney may also be responsible for
directly supervising other attorneys and/or paralegal staff in the Practice Group.

Skills and Qualifications
  • At least 7 years’ experience providing legal services to low‐income workers or
comparable relevant experience;
  • Experience in affirmative advocacy and litigation involving employment law
matters, including collective and/or class actions on behalf of low income people;

  • A strong background and experience in state and/or federal courts, as well as in
administrative proceedings (e.g. EEOC and NYS Division of Human Rights);
  • Excellent litigation and negotiation skills;
  • Experience creating systemic change through litigation and/or other means;
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Strong legal research and analytical skills; written and verbal communication skills;
organizational and leadership skills;

  • Admission to the New York State Bar or attorney admitted in another state who is
eligible for practice under a legal services practice order required.
  • Experience in outreach, community education, organizing, and coalition‐building
strongly preferred;

  • Spanish language proficiency preferred.
Salary and Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience and based on the organization’s salary scale.
Empire Justice offers a generous benefit package, including health insurance, life insurance,
vacation, holiday and sick time. We are an organization that supports and encourages a
work/life balance.

Empire Justice is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer and desires a diverse
and inclusive work force. People of color, women, persons with disabilities, the elderly, gay,
lesbian, bisexual and transgender are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

This position is available immediately. The application deadline has been extended to
November 9, 2018 or until filled. To apply, please email (no phone calls or hard copy
mail please) a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three professional references to: