An employment agency is a type of organization whose aim is to assist persons in finding jobs and gaining employment. They may offer various services from resume editing to securing interviews for their clients. Employment agencies often tailor their services to suit the individual needs of each job seeker.

Most employment agencies are private, small businesses. Some of them focus on specific fields, such as computer-related jobs. They can sometimes charge a placement fee for helping a client land a job.

What Are Some Common Reasons for Filing a Lawsuit against an Employment Agency?

Filing a lawsuit may be difficult because the scope of liability for an employment agency may not be broad. Employment agencies can’t be held liable if clients don’t find a job, or if they are fired due to their own misconduct. However, employment agencies would be bound to whatever terms were agreed upon in a contract.

The employment agency can sometimes act as a third-party negotiator between a business and the potential employee. As such, they usually have a duty to act in the interests of the client and to remain loyal to the client’s preferences and requests.

Some common reasons for filing a lawsuit against an employment agency may include:

  • Breach of contract: Most employment agencies use a contract with their client to reach an agreement.
  • Misrepresentation: When agencies make false claims or uses misrepresentation to gain clients.
  • Wage/hour disputes: If the agency was responsible for a miscommunication, the client may be able to file a complaint.

There can be other legal theories involved, such as discrimination or loss of income. These will all depend on the facts of each case. A damages award may be issued to help offset financial losses.

Do I Need an Employment Lawyer?

Filing a lawsuit against an employment agency can be complex. You may need to hire an employment lawyer if you need legal advice, representation, or counseling on employment matters. Your attorney can inform you of your legal rights and can help you throughout the course of your lawsuit.