We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. Creativity and innovation are encouraged for improving the effectiveness of Southwest Airlines. Above all, Employees will be provided the same concern, respect, and caring attitude within the organization that they are expected to share externally with every Southwest Customer.
Provides legal counsel and guidance regarding applicable federal, state, and local employment and labor laws to multiple departments within the Company. Provides strategic legal advice on a full range of Railway Labor Act issues, including interpretation and advice on multiple collective bargaining agreements. Handles administrative charges/complaints/investigations; serves as lead counsel at labor arbitrations; manages and partners with outside counsel in arbitration and litigation matters; drafts policies/procedures and other employment-related documents; and conducts employment-related training for Company Leaders. Negotiates on behalf of the Company with various labor organizations as needed.
The Labor & Employment Attorney will represent the Company generally through interaction with departments within the Company and external parties, with limited supervision of an Assistant General Counsel or other more senior attorney. Specifically, the Labor & Employment Attorney must have the following qualifications:
- Specialized knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local employment-related laws (e.g., Title VII, FMLA, ADA, leave laws, wage/hour laws, etc.)
- Strong legal research skills
- Experience representing companies in employment litigation and administrative proceedings (e.g., EEOC, DOL, state agencies), including experience with discovery and document preservation processes
- Extensive litigation experience, including experience handling labor arbitrations, writing briefs, and oral arguments is preferred
- Experience in handling or advising on grievance/administrative proceedings and unions subject to the Railway Labor Act a plus
- Experience in working with a unionized workforce and directly with union leadership is preferred
Must be able to meet any physical ability requirements listed on this description.
May perform other job duties as directed by Employee’s Leaders.
High School Diploma, GED or equivalent education required.
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Must have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986.
Southwest Airlines is an Equal Opportunity Employer.