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FULL TIME ATTORNEY: First Shift seeks an attorney to provide direct legal services to First Shift clients and to run its Immigrant Mother Outreach Project.

Duties include counseling and representing clients to support them in asserting their rights to receive workplace accommodations and family medical leave, and to protect themselves from and seek recourse for discrimination based on pregnancy, gender, and family responsibilities.

The Staff Attorney will also conduct outreach to immigrant and limited English proficient families in D.C.  The attorney will give trainings for parents working in low-income jobs in D.C. and medical providers about workplace rights related to pregnancy and caregiving, as well as to other service providers who work with low-income and immigrant families.

Eligible candidates must have D.C. bar membership and 1-3 years of experience representing clients in employment law matters. Fluency or near-fluency in Spanish or Amharic is required. Bar membership in MD and/or VA is a plus.

The salary range is $60-65K/year, depending on experience. Benefits include health insurance and a generous paid leave allowance. First Shift’s normal operating hours are 9-5, M-F; however, employees have flexibility to establish work hours that enable them to meet family commitments as needed. To apply, interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume via email to Laura Brown, Executive Director at lbrown@firstshift.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until it is filled.

First Shift Justice Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, genetic information, marital status, family responsibilities or any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination. Click here for full job posting.


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