Labor Standards Investigator

Job Type

Full Time


Details: $32.21- $37.43 Hourly



Application Deadline



810 3rd Ave
Suite 375
United States


Position Description

As a leader on workplace practices that promote equity, advance race and social justice, address wage gaps and create a fair and healthy economy for workers, businesses and residents, the City of Seattle created an Office of Labor Standards (OLS). This position will handle an investigation caseload receiving complaints, investigating, and recommending resolutions to complaints of violations of the Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance (PSST), Fair Chance Employment Ordinance (FCE), Minimum Wage Ordinance (MW), Administrative Wage Theft Ordinance (WT), Secure Scheduling Ordinance (SS), the Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative (HEHS), the Domestic Workers Ordinance (DWO), and other labor standards the City may enact in the future.

The Labor Standards Investigator position is a full-time, hourly, over-time eligible position that will report to the Supervising Investigator.


Job Responsibilities

  • Conduct intake and investigations of alleged non-compliance with Seattle's Labor Standards (some claims involve both labor standard and civil rights discrimination violations) including highly sensitive and/or complex investigations.
  • Determine legitimacy of complaint, gather and preserve evidence, examine witnesses, review payroll records, conduct complex research using various databases and other legal tools, analyze fact patterns and prepare and issue detailed formal determinations and orders.
  • Negotiate and draft legally binding settlement contracts and conduct conciliation in cases where a violation of non-compliance of the labor standards law or discrimination is found. 
  • Work on a variety of special projects, as assigned, that may include developing and leading presentations on Seattle's Labor Standards, reviewing labor ordinances, policies and procedures, recommending new legislation to policy makers and policies and procedures to OLS, analyzing and applying federal and/or state case law and regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations including the ability to problem solve and build consensus with divergent groups.

The work product of the Office of Labor Standards is subject to judicial scrutiny and must meet procedural and technical standards in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations.


  • A bachelor's degree in Public or Business Administration, Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations, political science, law, accounting or a related field and two years of professional level experience with major work assignments emphasizing investigation of labor and employment law violations, civil rights law enforcement complaint investigation, personnel administration, labor relations, or related work as a mediator in these areas (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work).
  • Knowledge of Seattle's Labor Standard Laws (PSST, FCE, MWO, WT, SSO, HEHS, DWO).
  • Proficient use of written and spoken English, strong critical thinking and analytical skills, advanced computer skills, including excel, demonstrated ability to effectively manage stressful situations, ability to contribute positively to a diverse working environment.


The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

How to Apply:

  • Applications completed online are preferred. See the City of Seattle's website at You may also pick up or drop off an application at the City of Seattle Human Resources Department, Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5400, Seattle, 98104. Please provide all requested information on the application. Incomplete applications may have a bearing on their consideration.
  • OLS strongly encourages applicants to submit a cover letter along with their application materials.

This position is open to all candidates who meet the qualifications. The Seattle Human Resources Department values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

For additional information about Seattle's Office of Labor standards, go to