Counsel, Employment

    • San Francisco, CA

At Lyft, our mission is to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. To do this, we start with our own community by creating an open, inclusive, and diverse organization.

Lyft is looking for a bright, pragmatic, and self-motivated employment attorney with 6+ years of employment counseling and litigation experience to join our growing Legal team. You will leverage their prior law firm and/or in-house experience to provide thoughtful, timely, practical and business-minded legal advice primarily to the 180+ professionals on Lyft’s People Team.  You must have experience litigating and/or counseling on compliance with federal and state wage and hour laws, including analysis of issues under the California Labor Code. Prior in-house or seconded technology company experience is preferred but not required.


  • Provide pragmatic day-to-day employment advice and counseling to members of the People Team in order to unblock business needs and appropriately balance achievement of business objectives against legal risk 

  • Audit wage and hour practices to ensure compliance with the FLSA, the California Labor Code, and state laws around the country, including with respect to exempt/non-exempt classification, worker/independent contractor classification, administration of compensation programs, and timekeeping and payroll practices 

  • Partner closely with Lyft’s Employee Relations professionals on employee complaints and investigations. 

  • Collaborate with other members of the Employment Team and Employee Relations team to review and/or develop and implement scalable employment policies, practices, and programs

  • Develop and deliver training to managers and employees -- candidates must be comfortable with public speaking

  • Investigate pre-litigation and litigation matters and develop and implement strategies for early resolution (as appropriate), including with respect to agency charges (DLSE, DFEH, EEOC, DOL, OSHA, etc.)

  • Monitor important developments in employment law in jurisdictions across the country, striving to spot trends in their infancy

  • Work and build trust with cross-functional partners from teams across the Legal Department and the Company

  • Work closely with and manage outside counsel in connection with litigation matters, including discovery, motion practice, witness preparation, and trial strategies

  • Travel from time-to-time as necessary to service internal clients; develop cross-office relationships; and attend legal proceedings/negotiations


  • 6+ years practicing law at a leading law firm and/or in-house, with significant wage and hour counseling experience. Experience with FLSA class actions and PAGA litigation a plus

  • Active and in good standing with the California bar or eligible to practice as Registered In-House Counsel 

  • J.D. from a top-tier law school

  • Excellent problem-solving capabilities, judgment, communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to operate autonomously while being a team player

  • Being comfortable managing complex workloads, multiple client demands, and shifting priorities


  • Great medical, dental, and vision insurance options

  • In addition to 11 observed holidays, salaried team members have unlimited paid time off, hourly team members have 15 days paid time off

  • 401(k) plan to help save for your future

  • 18 weeks of paid parental leave. Biological, adoptive, and foster parents are all eligible

  • Pre-tax commuter benefits

  • Lyft Pink -  Lyft team members get an exclusive opportunity to test new benefits of our Ridership Program

Lyft is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that proudly pursues and hires a diverse workforce. Lyft does not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion or religious belief, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sex, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws or prohibited by Company policy. Lyft also strives for a healthy and safe workplace and strictly prohibits harassment of any kind. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and other similar state laws and local ordinances, and its internal policy, Lyft will also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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