When it comes to hiring an employment lawyer, the best place to find one is by going to the website or NELA or the National Employment Lawyers Association. It is the official organization of lawyers across the United States who are practicing employment law. Sure, you can alway use Google local search by typing “employment lawyer” and the name of your area, however, you would not have the kind of vetting done for you.
We really do not need to tell you that the search engine results is a wild, wild west and even lawyers who are not experienced in employment law can pose as an employment lawyer online, which is why you need to go to official sources like the NELA. Go ahead and visit the group’s official website on https://www.nela.org/ and find a lawyer in your area. The search bar is found on the right-hand side of the page.
If you are like most people, you are probably wondering why you should go about hiring an employment lawyer when you can hire a prosecutor or the lawyer who handled your divorce, right? However, the truth of the matter is that labor laws are specific to each state. And nobody will ever tell you this, but the bar exams do not even cover labor laws. Anyone who practices labor law is updated on the latest labor laws in your state, which is very valuable in determining if you have a case or not.
If you think you were harassed or discriminated against, dealing with an experienced labor lawyer ensures the best possible solution for you. You may or may not litigate. It all depends on the case that you have and your chances of winning and getting paid for damages.
If you live in a large city, you should be able to find several local lawyers that specialize in labor law and more info on this can be found at www.huntingtonssa.org. What you want to do is to sit down in consultation with one. Dress appropriately because lawyers do look at their clients and see if they have a so-called winning personality before the jury. Also, bring related documents and notes related to the incident or incidents that are leading to legal action.
Be as detailed as possible. You may think that you have a strong case but your lawyer might think otherwise upon knowing the facts. Even if you feel uncomfortable because there is too much information, be honest. Remember that a lawyer needs to know everything about your and your workplace. Otherwise, he or she will have nothing to go on.
Labor-related cases do not pay much especially for employees who are only earning less than $30,000 per year. However, if there is a pattern, a lawyer might be able to pursue a strong case. In any case, though, since the payouts are not so big, most lawyers will require you to pay a fee upfront (acceptance fee) and charge you by the hour or by a retainer.