Day Labor Outreach and Wage Recovery Project Fellowship

Job Type

Full Time


Maximum: $52,000
Details: The annualized salary for this fellowship is $52,000/yr.



Application Deadline



180 Montgomery Street
Suite 600
San Francisco
United States


Legal Aid at Work seeks a recent law school graduate or an attorney with a deep commitment to advancing workers’ rights to expand its Day Labor Outreach and Wage Recovery Project (Project). While wage theft is predominant among the low-wage industries, it is particularly rampant in construction, an industry whose workforce is largely Latino. The goals of the Project are to combat wage theft in the construction industry – specifically, on behalf of immigrant, day laborers – through education and strategic enforcement and to restore economic security for those most vulnerable.

The Fellow, in collaboration with a number of day labor programs around the San Francisco Bay Area, will conduct outreach and know-your-rights trainings to the client community; hold regular clinics at day labor program to provide legal advice and representation; train day labor program staff on wage and hour law and effective tools in the fight against wage theft; enforce wage and hour law through demand letters, mechanic’s liens, and wage claims filed with the California Labor Commissioner; represent clients in administrative hearings, through negotiations, and possibly in foreclosure actions and wage and hour lawsuits in state court. As an integral member of Legal Aid at Work’s Wage Protection Program, the Fellow will work closely with the Program Director and Staff Attorneys, as well as with staff members and worker leaders of the San Francisco Day Labor Program, Monument Impact (in Concord), and Centro Laboral de Graton. The grant-funded fellowship position is for one year, starting in late September or early October 2018, with a commitment to renew for a second year.

Requirements: Demonstrated commitment to the rights of low-wage worker and immigrant communities and Legal Aid at Work’s mission; excellent communication skills and strong leadership abilities; proven ability to work independently and cooperatively with others; strong organizational skills and experience juggling a high volume caseload with tight deadlines; courteous and cooperative work style; flexibility to adapt the project to the needs of the community and collaborative partners; established knowledge of and interest in employment law, generally, and wage-and-hour law, specifically; familiarity with the mechanic’s lien process and/or the administrative wage claim process of the California Labor Commissioner and/or California state court civil procedure; Spanish language fluency and cultural competency is required. The candidate should have California Bar membership or must have sat for the California Bar and is awaiting results.


Benefits include health plans, long-term disability and life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, and paid vacation and holidays.

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish language fluency and cultural competency is required.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

The position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates should submit a detailed cover letter with résumé, a legal writing sample, and three professional references to Wage Recovery Project Fellowship Committee, Legal Aid at Work.