Amy Martin, special counsel at the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, has died after a long battle with cancer. She was 52. Martin passed this morning at her family home in Fresno surrounded by loved ones.
Martin often sparred with employer attorneys and representatives over enforcement actions and policy, but was universally liked and respected. One employer consultant we talked to said he often disagreed with her on issues surrounding Cal/OSHA, but enjoyed conversing with her informally.
Martin had spent 15 years at the Division, six years as chief counsel, before being named special counsel. Previously she worked at laws firms such as Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Van Bourg, Roger and Rosenfeld, where she specialized in labor and employment law. She also was an adjunct professor at U.C. Berkeley's Hastings College of the law.
A statement from the Department of Industrial Relations said, “Amy was dedicated to Cal/OSHA because she believed in the dignity of work” and the right of all employees to return home safely.