What Is the Process for Hiring an Employment Lawyer?
Workers subjected to illegal and discriminatory practices are often afraid to speak out for fear of retaliation or job loss. However, if you were the victim of unscrupulous work practices or unfair dismissal, an employment lawyer can be your best advocate, protect your rights, and hold unethical employers to account.
Employment lawyers can handle a variety of employment-related cases, including but not limited to:
- Hour and wage violations
- Sexual harassment
- Wrongful termination
- Leave denial
You do not have to take on an employer on your own. A free consultation with an employer lawyer can help determine whether you have a case. Contact Morgan & Morgan today, and a member of our legal team can assess your options.
Meeting with an Employment Lawyer
Scheduling a free, no-obligation consultation can be an excellent first step in the process of hiring an employment lawyer. A consultation allows you to get to know the law firm and attorneys before making a commitment. Your future legal team or attorney can analyze your specific case and inform you of your next best steps. Coming to the first consultation prepared with some essential questions can help you and your future employment lawyer determine whether you are a good match.
Questions You Could Ask at the Consultation
Questions that can help you find out more about the employer lawyer in a free consultation can include:
- Do you think I have a good case?
- How often will we communicate about my case?
- How much experience in employment litigation do you have?
- What are your attorney’s fees?
It can also be helpful to have all the facts and paperwork of your case ready at the first meeting, such as the employment contract and other relevant documentation.
The Employment Case Process
The process of hiring an employment lawyer and filing a lawsuit can go through several stages. Initially, we will assess your case in a free and confidential case review. When we agree to take on an employment lawsuit, our dedicated legal team will collect and organize the critical evidence and start with building your case. The next stages of preparing your employment case can include:
Gathering Crucial Documentation
Building a case against the defendant includes gathering evidence and documentation related to your specific employment case, such as:
- Work contract
- Job description
- Disciplinary documents
- Performance evaluations
- Any correspondence via email or work-specific platforms
In the first instance, your attorney will aim to resolve your case out of court and negotiate for a fair settlement on your behalf. However, an employer or insurance company can drag their heels and either minimize or deny your claim. When this happens, a tenacious employment attorney from Morgan & Morgan is prepared to take your case to trial, present your case strongly, and fight tirelessly for what you deserve.
Common Forms of Discrimination in the Workplace
According to figures from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), incidents of disability discrimination and employer retaliation have been on the rise in recent years. Other forms of discrimination we handle in our practice include:
- Race discrimination
- Gender discrimination
- Age discrimination
- Pregnancy discrimination
- Religious discrimination
Discrimination against employees is illegal and unethical. Working in a hostile and discriminatory environment day after day can cause a great deal of emotional stress. Having to endure repeated discrimination at work can prevent employees from performing to the best of their abilities, potentially impacting their earnings and career progression negatively. Moreover, workplace discrimination can also have a detrimental effect on employees’ private lives.
Our determined and compassionate attorneys know firsthand the emotional and financial damage that workplace discrimination can inflict on victims. However, you do not have to stand for this. Morgan & Morgan wants to protect your rights and help you get justice.