Staff Attorney - Immigrants and Workers’ Rights: Employment Law
Job Type
Full-time
Description

For over 50 years, Legal Aid Chicago has provided free civil legal assistance to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago. Each year our attorneys, volunteers, and staff help resolve civil legal problems, including domestic violence, consumer fraud, and unfair evictions. Legal Aid Chicago was founded on the philosophy that all individuals are entitled to quality civil legal representation, regardless of their income. We work to ensure that poverty is not an impediment to justice by dismantling the legal barriers that perpetuate inequality. Legal Aid Chicago staff live our mission through our core values of equity, excellence, inclusion, kindness, and respect. 


Position:  Legal Aid Chicago’s Immigrants and Workers’ Rights Practice Group (IWR) includes the areas of Employment law, Immigration, Migrant Farmworkers’ rights, and Human Trafficking law. IWR’s four teams work both independently and in an interdisciplinary manner when these areas of law intersect. 


IWR’s Employment Law team advocates for the rights of workers through litigation, negotiation, and advocacy in various venues. Areas of practice include: Wage and Hour; Discrimination and Harassment, including sexual harassment and hostile work environment; Unemployment Insurance; claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); claims brought under the Family Medical leave Act (FMLA) and other state and local protected leave laws; wrongful termination, including retaliation for whistleblowing; and other laws regulating the relationship between workers and their employers. This position reports to a Supervisory Attorney, and will begin as soon as possible.


Responsibilities: 

  • Manage an individual caseload and provide full and effective legal representation to individuals;
  • Maintain and grow competence in the different areas of Employment law that the team practices; 
  • Interview eligible clients on a wide range of Employment law issues and provide advice and brief services in appropriate cases; 
  • Participate in weekly team meetings to present new cases and reach team consensus on representation; 
  • Represent clients in their claims  for unemployment insurance benefits before administrative law judges (ALJ) and pursue appeals as needed;
  • Represent clients before administrative agencies such as the EEOC, the IDHR, and in state and federal court;
  • Negotiate settlements to employment disputes between workers and their employers;
  • Work collaboratively with Legal Aid Chicago staff, students and volunteers to provide comprehensive legal services;
  • Work with other IWR staff members in interdisciplinary work;
  • Maintain accurate timekeeping records;
  • Assist with grant reporting, as appropriate and applicable; 
  • Handle other duties as determined by the Supervisory Attorney and the Director.

 Salary: Commensurate with experience. Legal Aid Chicago offers a comprehensive benefits package, including low-cost employer-paid health plan options, employer-provided group life and long-term disability insurance, fitness center access, generous paid time off, and much more. 



Requirements
  • Applicants must be licensed to practice  law in Illinois (or will be sworn into the Illinois bar in November 2022), or be licensed in another state and able to waive into the Illinois bar. 
  • Experience in Employment law is preferred. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; highly developed organizational skills.
  • The ideal candidate will have strong client counseling skills, have demonstrated a commitment to and experience with low-income clients and be someone who genuinely enjoys interacting with clients. 
  • The successful applicant will be collegial and committed to working as part of a highly collegial team.
  • Strong legal writing skills are a plus.
  • Applicants proficient in Spanish preferred.


  

Cover letter, resume, writing sample, and the contact information for two professional references are required to apply.



  

Legal Aid Chicago is firmly committed to creating a diverse workplace and is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and therefore does not discriminate on the basis of creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age religion, marital or parental status, alienage, disability, political affiliation or belief, military or military discharge status, or ex-offender status. Applicants who have experiences with our client communities are encouraged to apply.