Hiring an employment lawyer: All you need to know!

As an employee, you have certain rights at the workplace. Connecticut is an at-will employment state. This means that your employer can fire you as and when they want. However, they cannot discriminate on basis of factors such as age, sex, religion, race, sexual orientation, and so on. Also, your employer cannot take any action that breaches or violates the terms of your employment contract. If any of that happens, you must consider consulting an employee rights lawyer. In this post, we are discussing more on hiring employment lawyers and things to ask. 

Reasons to contact an employment lawyer

There are many reasons why you may need an employment lawyer. Contact an attorney, if – 

  • You suffered workplace discrimination
  • You were wrongfully terminated from the job
  • Your employer retaliated against you
  • Your supervisor/employer failed to take action against sexual harassment at work
  • You were denied wage and/or other benefits

Meeting an employment lawyer

The first meeting with an employment lawyer is the most important one, and you have to ask the right questions. You can consider asking questions related to their expertise and your case. Just because you believe that your rights as an employee was violated doesn’t always mean you have a case. Your lawyer will evaluate the merits of your case, and if you can actually take legal action. An employment lawyer can also guide on your rights and legal options, and what you can expect from the case.

Questions to ask

As a prospective client, you can ask the following questions to know a lawyer better – 

  1. What is your overview of my case? What are the strengths and weaknesses?
  2. Have you worked on similar cases? If yes, what were the outcomes?
  3. Will you work on my case personally?
  4. Do you, or your firm, have a conflict of interest?
  5. What can I expect in terms of outcomes?

Keep in mind that a good lawyer will never overpromise. They will ensure that you have your answers, but they will also set the record straight. In terms of costs of hiring an employment lawyer, it depends on the case. At times, attorneys take up cases on a contingency fee, where you pay the lawyer, only and if they win. 

Also, ensure that your lawyer is available and accessible to answer your questions. Your lawyer should also give an expected timeline of the case. To know a law firm better, you can ask for references too. 

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