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A Better Balance is using the power of the law to advance justice for workers, so they can care for themselves and their loved ones without jeopardizing their economic security. Our expert team of lawyers, advocates, and other professionals are combatting discrimination and securing new rights for workers through policy work, strategic litigation, direct legal service, and public education. Join us!

The ABB New York City and Southern Offices are both recruiting rising third-year law students, judicial clerks, and recent law school graduates interested in applying for an externally funded 1-2 year public interest fellowship starting in September 2021. The NYC fellow would be based in New York City; the Southern Office fellow would be based in Nashville, TN. 

A Better Balance (ABB) is a national legal advocacy organization dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace and helping workers care for themselves and their families without sacrificing their economic security. Through nationwide policy advocacy, legal services, strategic litigation, and enforcement and education, ABB is improving workers’ lives at the local, state, and federal levels. We remain steadfast in working to dismantle the intersectional forms of injustice that contribute to the structural inequality working families in this country face, including but not limited to, gender injustice, racial injustice, economic injustice, health injustice, and injustice against immigrants, LGTBQIA communities, and people with disabilities, and are seeking candidates that are committed to this work.

Since our founding, A Better Balance has been working to value the labor of caregiving and to shift the debate over work-family issues from those that center the concerns of white, professional workers to a focus on the needs of low-wage workers and workers of color. We approach our work around the country with these values at the helm. Ensuring families of color have access to strong work-family policies—especially BIPOC workers who are currently the least likely to have access to these policies due to centuries of institutionalized racism, systemic barriers to economic mobility, and pervasive discrimination—is a core principle of ABB’s work.

The organization has fought for and won new paid leave policies, important pregnancy and caregiver protections, breastfeeding accommodations, inclusive protections for all families, including LGBTQ families, and victories on other economic justice issues throughout the country. Our advocacy work and legal efforts have gained national recognition in dozens of outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. We are dedicated to lifting up the voices of our clients, who are predominantly low-wage workers of color, and those most directly affected by our policy work. Our free and confidential helpline provides legal assistance and information to low-wage workers.

ABB is based in New York City and maintains a Southern office in Nashville, TN and offices in Denver and Washington, DC.

Our Southern Office focuses on the issues affecting working families in the Southeast United States, where poverty rates for women and families, particularly women and families of color, are among the highest in the country and where legal protections are often scarce. Pregnant workers across the South, especially in low-wage and physically demanding jobs are forced out of their jobs when they need a modest accommodation to keep working. Workers of color are the least likely to have access to paid leave and other critical workplace rights to help them to care for their families without risking their economic security. Our Southern work thus focuses on remedying these legal gaps by enforcement and education as well as working to pass pregnant workers fairness laws, paid family and medical leave, and paid sick days laws across the Southeast and pushing back against policies that harm working families in the region including attacks on progressive local policies.

In New York, where we are headquartered, we have been leaders in many successful campaigns both in the city/state and across the country, including on paid family and medical leave laws, the fight to guarantee earned sick time to millions of workers across the country, pregnant workers fairness laws, which ensure that pregnant workers are not pushed out of their jobs when they need a modest accommodation to stay healthy, caregiver and lactation anti-discrimination laws, and fair workweek laws. Following legislative campaigns, we are working on effective implementation of these laws, creating materials, doing outreach to low-income communities, and prioritizing representation of low-income workers of color who are being denied rights we helped secure.

Potential projects in the Southern Office could focus on:

  • Enforcing new pregnant workers fairness laws in the South including in Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Virginia; educating and empowering low-wage workers and communities of color about those laws;
  • Providing direct services to low-wage workers of color in particular industries or populations with uniquely Southern issues affecting working families;
  • Developing a mobile clinic to serve a particular population, such as an immigrant/refugee population; and/or
  • Public education and enforcement of existing federal legal protections, such as pregnancy discrimination, family & medical leave, and breastfeeding protections for working families in the South.
  • Addressing the needs of working parents who lack quality, affordable, and accessible child care

Potential projects in the NYC office could focus on education and enforcement of laws both in NY and elsewhere across the country, particularly as they impact low-wage workers and communities of color: 

  • Pregnancy accommodation laws;
  • Lactation laws;
  • Paid sick time laws;
  • NYC Fair Workweek Law;
  • Caregiver discrimination laws
  • Paid family and medical leave laws; and/or
  • Any long-lasting effects of COVID-19 and other related emergency employment laws (including national and state-level emergency paid sick leave and paid family leave laws (including leave for school closures), as well as anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation provisions);

The NYC fellow could also focus on expanding laws and policies in the following areas:

  • Paid family and medical leave or paid sick time campaigns around the country;
  • Pregnancy accommodation campaigns around the country
  • LGBTQ work-family issues;
  • Quality, affordable, accessible child care
  • Defending local, progressive laws from state and federal interference (preemption); and/or
  • Other issues related to expanding work/family laws and policies in New York State and/or nationally.

Qualifications:

  • Law degree required by May 2021, bar admission in NY or TN by Fall 2021 strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, work/family law and policy, gender and women’s rights, civil rights, and/or advocacy for low-income populations and ending racial, gender, health, and economic injustice.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using an approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Superior written and oral communication, advocacy, legal research, and analytic skills.  Experience writing for legal and non-legal audiences a plus.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated problem solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building, and organizational skills.
  • Comfort and familiarity with small non-profit environment, ability to use limited resources efficiently and effectively, ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience working with diverse communities, particularly communities of color.
  • Experience with the community you propose to serve a plus.
  • Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Bengali, Haitian Creole, French, and/or Korean fluency are a plus.

Funding and Benefits

This position requires external funding. Flexible and supportive work environment, with generous vacation, sick, and family leave policies. A Better Balance has an excellent benefits package, including health and dental insurance; paid vacation, sick, and personal time. We are committed to “walking our talk” and encourage a healthy work/life balance for all employees.

How to Apply

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

To apply, please e-mail a resume, tailored letter of interest, a short writing sample, and two references with the subject line “2021 Fellowship – [First Name Last Name]” to: careers@abetterbalance.org. 

 A Better Balance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and we value diversity, inclusion, and belonging in our workforce. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, family status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, arrest or conviction, or any other factor protected by law.

 A Better Balance is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities or other medical needs. If you are an individual with a disability or other medical need and need assistance applying online, please e-mail careers@abetterbalance.edu.  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

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