Career Services

Employment Justice Attorney – Washington, DC

Posted on January 4, 2019

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs seeks a civil rights attorney to pursue litigation and advocacy to eliminate discrimination and to address wage theft and other employment related matters.


The Committee has an active docket of workers’ rights and employment justice litigation, and operates seven workers’ justice clinics each month across the District. For more information on our docket see: The selected candidate will work with other Committee lawyers, law firm co-counsel, advocacy organizations, and affected individuals to develop and pursue cutting edge civil rights cases and policy initiatives.

The attorney will be responsible to:

  • Identify and develop with other WLC staff, workers’ rights and employment discrimination matters appropriate for advocacy or litigation;
  • Conduct complex class and individual impact litigation;
  • Support the work of the workers’ rights clinics;
  • Engage in policy advocacy with District, state, and federal agencies, as well as legislatures including the District of Columbia Council;
  • Work effectively with organizational clients, and in partnership with policy and advocacy organizations; and
  • Work in partnership with co-counsel law firms and attorneys.


The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to, and passion for, civil rights and racial equity advocacy;
  • The ability to litigate complex individual and class action cases.
  • DC bar membership (in good standing), or the ability to waive in to the DC Bar (membership in Maryland, Virginia, and federal district courts in the DC area a plus);
  • Five years of litigation experience preferred.
  • Experience in employment and workers’ rights law;
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience directing interns and junior attorneys;
  • Experience working in a non-profit environment and with private law firm volunteers is a plus;
  • Bilingual ability (professional fluency) preferred but not required.

SALARY: Based upon Washington Lawyers’ Committee pay scale. Pay scale available upon request.


Please send a letter detailing your interest, resume, and writing sample to:

Please place “[your name] – Employment Justice Attorney” in the subject line.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled.