St. Paul, Minnesota

Posted Date

January 24, 2024

Contact Information

K.C. Moua
kc.moua@ag.state.mn.us

Assistant Attorney General (Wage Theft)

 

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified applicants

Date Posted: 1/24/2024

Closing Date: 2/7/2024

S1 Salary Range: $36.40 – $57.47 / hourly; $76,003 – $119,997 / annually

S2 Salary Range: $50.53 – $78.30 / hourly; $105,506 – $163,490 / annually

S3 Salary Range: $54.12 – $83.57 / hourly; $113,002 – $174,494 / annually

Telework Eligible: Yes

 

Job Summary

The Office of Attorney General Keith Ellison has a clear mission: we help Minnesotans afford their lives and live with dignity, safety, and respect.  We are a dynamic group of dedicated professionals who choose public service as a calling, and we are actively and intentionally committed to supporting an internal culture that affirms that calling. The Office is one of Minnesota’s largest public law offices and as of 2023, has been recognized as a Star Tribune Top Workplace Minnesota for three years in a row and Top Workplace USA for two years in a row.

 

The Office is currently seeking an Assistant Attorney General (AAG) to join the Wage Theft Unit which is housed in the Consumer Protection Section of the Office.  As a wage theft attorney, you will have the opportunity to serve some of Minnesota’s most vulnerable and underserved communities.  While the Wage Theft Unit’s work is for the benefit of all Minnesota workers, much of the Unit’s enforcement actions are focused on unlawful wage and hour practices that target vulnerable and low-wage workers across the state, including immigrant communities and people of color.  In this position, you would be at the forefront of cutting-edge labor enforcement work that has a direct, measurable impact on the lives of Minnesota workers.

 

Wage theft attorneys can expect to participate in high-profile investigations and litigation in industries such as the gig economy, hospitality and restaurants, construction, healthcare and agriculture.  Such cases include, for example:  State v. Shipt, Inc. (allegations of misclassification of gig-economy “shoppers” as independent contractors); In re Bartmann Companies (failure to pay overtime and back wages to restaurant employees); and State v. Property Maintenance & Construction, LLC, et al. (allegations of intimidating construction workers from cooperating with investigation).

 

This position offers engaging, interesting, and fulfilling work well-suited to the experience level and interests of individual AAGs.  The Unit does a good job of balancing the staffing needs of various investigations and cases with the interests of AAGs in particular subjects and industries.  AAGs are encouraged to take on more responsibility as their careers progress, and will receive ongoing training, leadership opportunities, professional development, and mentorship opportunities to support their growth.

 

If you are offered this position, you can expect to have a great deal of responsibility for and control over your daily work while also working with teams of attorneys who complement and cover for each other.  As an experienced AAG you will lead your own investigations and all aspects of civil litigation, including discovery, motion practice, oral argument, and resolving cases through trial or negotiated settlements.  You will be expected to manage your caseload to ensure matters are moving expeditiously.  You will also be expected to engage in public education and outreach to impacted communities, stakeholders, and advocates.  As a result, you will need to be able to interact with and understand persons from diverse backgrounds, languages, and cultures.

 

This position is eligible for a hybrid work environment.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a law school accredited by the ABA
  • Actively licensed and in good standing to practice law in the State of Minnesota (consideration may be given to licensed attorneys in other U.S. states or territories if eligible under Minnesota State Board of Law Examiners Rule 7 to waive admission without examination)
  • Outstanding writing, research, and oral advocacy skills (submission of a writing sample is required)
  • Three or more years of civil litigation experience
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders
  • Experience using electronic files, case management tools, and e-discovery platforms

 

IMPORTANT! All applicants must prepare two documents to upload and submit with their application: 1) Resume; and 2) A cover letter with a writing sample (of up to five pages) in one document.

 

To be considered at the S2 level, candidates must have 6 years of related experience.  To be considered at the S3 level, candidates must have 12 years of related experience.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Five or more years of complex civil litigation experience
  • Knowledge of state and federal labor law
  • Experience:
    • handling cases involving wage and hour issues
    • investigating and building cases for litigation, including government civil law enforcement actions
  • Experience or academic background in economic rights and justice
  • Fluency in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, or other relevant language for Minnesota’s population

 

Although labor, wage, and hour law experience is a strength, the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office is particularly interested in applications from litigators generally.  Attorneys with experience in class action litigation, employment litigation, commercial litigation, or other litigation fields are encouraged to apply.  Attorneys who lack the above-listed experience, but who have other experience that they believe would be relevant to the Unit’s work are also encouraged to apply.  The Wage Theft Unit may waive the need for significant litigation experience for attorneys who have significant experience in the fields of healthcare, agriculture, construction, and/or experience serving traditionally marginalized or underserved communities.

 

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online through the State of Minnesota Careers website, which is the State’s official application and hiring site. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, February 7, 2024.

 

  1. Go to mn.gov/careers;
  2. Apply for posting number 73234

Direct Link

 

Do not forget to upload: 1) Resume; and 2) A cover letter with a writing sample (of up to five pages).

 

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact K.C. Moua at kc.moua@ag.state.mn.us or (651) 757-1279.

 

Why Work For Us

 

Diverse Workforce

Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence, fostering understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.

Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:

  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 12 paid holidays each year
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive service to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

 

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at (651) 259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us. Please indicate what assistance you need.

 

Responsibilities

Wage theft attorneys can expect to participate in high-profile investigations and litigation in industries such as the gig economy, hospitality and restaurants, construction, healthcare and agriculture.  Such cases include, for example:  State v. Shipt, Inc. (allegations of misclassification of gig-economy “shoppers” as independent contractors); In re Bartmann Companies (failure to pay overtime and back wages to restaurant employees); and State v. Property Maintenance & Construction, LLC, et al. (allegations of intimidating construction workers from cooperating with investigation).

 

This position offers engaging, interesting, and fulfilling work well-suited to the experience level and interests of individual AAGs.  The Unit does a good job of balancing the staffing needs of various investigations and cases with the interests of AAGs in particular subjects and industries.  AAGs are encouraged to take on more responsibility as their careers progress, and will receive ongoing training, leadership opportunities, professional development, and mentorship opportunities to support their growth.

 

If you are offered this position, you can expect to have a great deal of responsibility for and control over your daily work while also working with teams of attorneys who complement and cover for each other.  As an experienced AAG you will lead your own investigations and all aspects of civil litigation, including discovery, motion practice, oral argument, and resolving cases through trial or negotiated settlements.  You will be expected to manage your caseload to ensure matters are moving expeditiously.  You will also be expected to engage in public education and outreach to impacted communities, stakeholders, and advocates.  As a result, you will need to be able to interact with and understand persons from diverse backgrounds, languages, and cultures.

 

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a law school accredited by the ABA
  • Actively licensed and in good standing to practice law in the State of Minnesota (consideration may be given to licensed attorneys in other U.S. states or territories if eligible under Minnesota State Board of Law Examiners Rule 7 to waive admission without examination)
  • Outstanding writing, research, and oral advocacy skills (submission of a writing sample is required)
  • Three or more years of civil litigation experience
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders
  • Experience using electronic files, case management tools, and e-discovery platforms

 

IMPORTANT! All applicants must prepare two documents to upload and submit with their application: 1) Resume; and 2) A cover letter with a writing sample (of up to five pages) in one document.

 

To be considered at the S2 level, candidates must have 6 years of related experience.  To be considered at the S3 level, candidates must have 12 years of related experience.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Five or more years of complex civil litigation experience
  • Knowledge of state and federal labor law
  • Experience:
    • handling cases involving wage and hour issues
    • investigating and building cases for litigation, including government civil law enforcement actions
  • Experience or academic background in economic rights and justice
  • Fluency in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, or other relevant language for Minnesota’s population

 

Although labor, wage, and hour law experience is a strength, the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office is particularly interested in applications from litigators generally.  Attorneys with experience in class action litigation, employment litigation, commercial litigation, or other litigation fields are encouraged to apply.  Attorneys who lack the above-listed experience, but who have other experience that they believe would be relevant to the Unit’s work are also encouraged to apply.  The Wage Theft Unit may waive the need for significant litigation experience for attorneys who have significant experience in the fields of healthcare, agriculture, construction, and/or experience serving traditionally marginalized or underserved communities.

 

Application Process

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online through the State of Minnesota Careers website, which is the State’s official application and hiring site. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, February 7, 2024.

 

  1. Go to mn.gov/careers;
  2. Apply for posting number 73234

Direct Link

 

Do not forget to upload: 1) Resume; and 2) A cover letter with a writing sample (of up to five pages).

 

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact K.C. Moua at kc.moua@ag.state.mn.us or (651) 757-1279.