Have you ever felt wronged in your place of work? If your answer is “yes,” you know that making the decision to file a lawsuit against your employer isn’t easy.
Going up against any employer in a legal setting, from small businesses to huge corporations, can feel like tackling a giant. However, that doesn’t mean that you’re alone when pursuing justice if you have the grounds for a valid claim.
Helping You Fight Injustices Within Your Workplace
Employment attorneys are experienced legal guides whose role is to help when a current or previous member of staff chooses to sue their employer as a result of a problem that arises due to work-based circumstances.
Though employees are generally considered to be in employment at the will of the organizations they work for, most employment litigation takes place as a result of a company deciding to terminate positions.
However, it could be also be in regards to overtime, pay, or scheduling, as well as concerns regarding insurance, pensions, and safety violations in the workplace—essentially anytime businesses fail to comply with state and federal labor laws.
Litigation can even be filed against organizations by individuals who have never been employed by that company. For example, if a job applicant believes that they did not receive employment because of discrimination.
What To Look For When Choosing an Employment Attorney?
Any attorney should treat you with the utmost competence and care. However, beyond professionalism, what should you consider when choosing an employment attorney that will help defend your rights?
Less important than the size of a firm or out-of-pocket versus contingency, look for the following attributes when choosing an employment attorney:
● A Belief in Your Case: No matter how good an attorney may be, if he or she is not invested in a case, their work on it will be lackluster, unimaginative, and passionless. When sharing the facts of what happened during a consultation, mention your goals—an employment attorney who’s the right fit should be on board when giving their initial response.
● Experience in Handling Issues or Cases Like Yours: There is simply no substitute for experience when it comes to matters that require considerable judgment—which is something lawsuits do require. Look for an employment attorney who has already learned from his or her experiences while working for others in similar circumstances.
● A Caring, Concerned Quality: Many aspects of litigation require that decisions be made that affect not only your case, but your life, your reputation, your family, your career, your finances and maybe even your health. Though this may sound trite, it’s important to find an attorney who cares, first and foremost, about you—that’s not an easy person to find.
● An Employee-Only Advocate: While not written in stone, some clients are simply more comfortable trusting their adversarial matters to employment attorneys who only represents employees—and does not assist employers. Since that’s the way Henk Leonard Law operates, many of our clients tell us that this was an important reason they chose to use our services.
Of course, neither is this list exhaustive, nor should one or two single factors should guide your decision when choosing an employment attorney. Instead, all facts and factors should be considered.
However, if you are concerned that you may be exposed to a hostile work environment, we encourage you to contact us online or call (916) 787-4544 to schedule a free initial consultation with our California employment lawyers. During this time, we’ll be able to determine whether we can help you, and you will have the opportunity to decide whether you wish to invite us to do so.
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