An employment lawyer can save your job hereby, protecting you from a financial disaster. Getting a job can be difficult, but keeping that job can be even more challenging. The workplace is fraught with many issues that can prompt disciplinary action against you or cause you to lose your job. The workplace deals with issues such as discrimination, harassment (sexual and physical), favoritism, and more.
However, what if the reason for your dismissal is not your fault?
Lawyers get a bad rap in our society until they help us win a lawsuit. I admit there are some lawyers who use questionable ethics in defense of their clients. However, employment lawyers deal with the facts of the case. They try to reach the most amicable outcomes for their clients. I list some valid reasons why you should consider an employment lawyer below.
A client may not be totally right, but they can still save their job under current employment laws. Discrimination is one of the main reasons why an employment lawsuit is filed.
What is discrimination?
The dictionary describes discrimination as prejudiced or prejudicial outlook, action, or treatment. It is very common for us to develop a prejudicial outlook against someone however, a prejudiced notion can turn into discrimination once it is acted upon.
Before you contact a lawyer try all your in-house remedies.
Human Resource aka Personnel is your first line of contact against unfair treatment in the workplace. HR can help you solve many problems before they balloon out-of-control. The situation could be as small as a misunderstanding. But what if an HR employee is making the problem worst or they are the problem? You still have legal resources at your disposal. Most jobs offer union representation to union and non-union employees. You have a right to ask for union representation in a meeting or hearing against you. A union representative can be valuable in many situations. But sometimes the situation requires legal representation outside of the company.
After you have used all your in-house resources, then an employment lawyer may be the answer to a situation protected by labor and employment laws. That leads me to my insertion that an employment lawyer can be the answer to your case.
5 Reasons to hire an employment lawyer.
1. Your company or employer is not reaching an agreeable solution for you.
When you talk to HR remember this, they are required by law to protect your legal rights, but more importantly remember they work for the same employer as you, so their allegiance may have biases.
2. You have tried to solve the issue with a union representative but you are still unsatisfied with the results.
You can contact a national representative however, you may be prolonging your case. If you file an employment dispute with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and you feel it may be in your best interest to have an attorney present, you have a right to have your attorney on your side.
The E.E.O.C statement about attorneys in mediation.
Yes. While it is not necessary to have an attorney or other representative in order to participate in EEOC’s mediation program, either party may choose to do so. The mediator will decide what role the attorney or representative will play during the mediation. The mediator may ask that they provide advice and counsel, but not speak for a party. If a party plans to bring an attorney or other representative to the mediation session, he or she can discuss this with the mediator prior to the mediation session.
3. An attorney can solve many issues out of court.
Many times the mere mention of an attorney will cause things to move faster. The run around times are decreased because more than likely your employer will not want to pursue the case further.
You also need to know that the Department of Justice decides whether to pursue the case.
4. I alluded to this earlier, an employment lawyer can save your job.
Sometimes an employer will fire you without regard to the labor and employment laws. An attorney can make sure the employer respects all labor laws in his decisions. Your employer may not be aware of all the laws and because of his rush to act quickly he might decide to end your employment.
5. Statue of limitations.
There are limitations on how long a lawsuit can be in limbo. Your employer may attempt to let the time limits run out by delaying his decisions.
No one wants to be sued. Your rights should always be protected even in the workplace.
Cases employment lawyers handle
- sexual harassment
- wage/hourly disputes
- wrongful termination
- employment contracts