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What is an Employment Lawyer?

An employment lawyer is also known as a labor lawyer. These kinds of attorneys are specifically experienced in dealing with issues of labor or employment. Sometimes labor attorneys represent the company and sometimes they represent the groups or individuals. If you are dealing with discrimination in the workplace, or any other workplace issue that you think might be illegal, you should speak with an attorney right away.

What Kind of an Arrangement Will My Lawyer Require?

Discrimination cases often have to be presented to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) before they can go to court. This is a federal agency that ensures that American workers are not discriminated against for personal characteristics. Potential discrimination cases are brought before the EEOC. An investigation into the case follows. The EEOC then has the choice of whether or not to try the case. If they decide not to try the case, the individuals involved can try the cases themselves.

This is when a private attorney would ask to make a written statement outlining the terms of the working relationship with the client. It is important that the client understand all aspects of the agreement, as this is the document that determines the scope of the representation the client will receive.

Which Fees Will My Lawyer Charge?

Lawyers will often ask for a retainer. A retainer is a payment in advance for the work that will be done on your behalf. If any part of the retainer payment isn’t used, the unused portion is returned to the client.

Flat rates are often the least expensive option for a client. At the least, the client knows in advance how much he or she will owe the lawyer. Even with flat rates, though, there can be additional expenses such as copying fees, filing fees, and court fees.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

Yes. Anyone who wishes to bring an employment lawsuit to court should have an employment lawyer representing them.

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Last Modified: 12-19-2016 01:39 PM PST

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