Labor’s Law and Order

by admin on August 10, 2011 · 1 comment

SOL intern Molly Connors

My name is Molly Connors.  I grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.  George Washington University is where I obtained my undergraduate degree, majoring in Political Science and minoring in French Language and Literature.  Currently, I am a third year law student at the University of Michigan.  This summer, I’m working as a legal intern in the Office of the Solicitor in Chicago. 

I’m interested in employment litigation.  I worked in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Directorate of Standards and Guidance for two summers while I was an undergrad, so when I was applying for internships at government agencies last year, I contacted my former supervisor.  She told me about the internship opportunities with the Office of the Solicitor. 

This summer, my goal was to learn more about OSHA and the other agencies within the Department of Labor.  After working on OSHA, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Employee Benefits Security Administration, and Wage and Hour Division cases, I’m definitely achieving my goal!  One of my most interesting projects has been on an Employee Retirement Investment Security Act case.  I helped write a questionnaire which was sent out to plan participants whose health plan failed to pay their medical expenses.  Their stories were heartbreaking, but I take solace in the fact that I’m helping the solicitors use the participants’ information to build their case.  By working with the solicitors, I am helping show employers that there are consequences when employees are treated unlawfully.

Editor’s Note: The author, Molly Connors is a legal intern in the Chicago Office of the Solicitor.

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1 OSHA EE August 11, 2011 at 8:19 pm


There are some great role models for you in that office. I look forward to working with you if you manage to get on board with SOL in Chicago. It’s nice to see that people are still willing to put an expensive education to use for those who really need you. Someone in OSHA once told me that they prefered working in gov’t to private sector because they could go home take a shower and truly feel clean. If you don’t know what I mean I’m sure you soon will…

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