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What Is a Workplace Attorney?

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What Is a Workplace Attorney?

A workplace attorney represents clients who are facing legal disputes, violations, or claims that involve employment laws. Also called employment lawyers, workplace attorneys help to resolve workplace disputes between co-workers or between an employer and their worker(s).

Each state has somewhat different laws when it comes to the regulation of employment. In addition, laws may have different applications depending on the type of job or industry involved. Thus, workplace lawyers often spend a great deal of their time researching and explaining the various ins-and-outs of employment laws and how they will affect their client.

What Types of Claims Do Workplace Attorneys Handle?

Workplace attorneys handle a variety of disputes, filings, and legal matters such as:

Workplace attorneys do not usually handle the commercial aspects of a business, such as business formation, incorporation, or business mergers. These types of legal issues are generally handled by business lawyers rather than employment lawyers. However, there can of course be some overlap with the two fields of law.

Tips for Hiring a Workplace Attorney

When hiring a workplace attorney, you should attempt to identify what types of legal issues or conflicts you are involved in. Of course, you will not know all the specific details, legally speaking. However, you should be able to at least identify broadly which legal topic category you are in.

For instance, you should be able to inform your lawyer whether you are dealing with hiring, firing, wage disputes, wrongful termination, etc. Knowing this will help when it comes to locating the proper attorney for your case.

You should also understand that some employment law violations must first be investigated by a government body such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This means that you cannot really file a lawsuit unless you have first “exhausted your remedies” with the EEOC or other agencies. However, you may still need a lawyer when dealing with the EEOC.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Workplace Disputes?

Workplace disputes can often be difficult to deal with. You may need to hire an employment lawyer if you need assistance with any types of legal issues. Your attorney can help you with paperwork, filing claims, and other tasks. Also, if you need to appear in court, your lawyer can provide you with representation during those times as well.

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Last Modified: 07-15-2014 04:26 PM PDT

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