Would you be surprised to know that since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008, employment attorneys have been busier than they have been in a long time? As Disability.gov reports, claims for employment discrimination from disabled workers have skyrocketed in the last few years. Unfortunately, disabled workers aren’t the only group affected by increasing employment discrimination. Pregnant women, homosexual Americans, other minority workers: all of these groups remain at great risk for employment discrimination simply because of who they are. It’s wrong, and if it’s happening to you, it may be time to seek out employment attorneys.
What Situations Warrant Hiring an Employment Lawyer?
If you aren’t sure your situation warrants the help of an employment lawyer, ask yourself this: have your rights as an employee been violated? If the answer is “yes,” you need to fight for your rights. Remember, “with liberty and justice for all.”
How to Find Great Employment Attorneys
- Look for a Specialist
- Approach Reputable Employment Rights Attorneys with the Right Attitude
- Don’t Forget to Hold an Interview
As NOLO.com suggests, finding a great employment attorney is all about finding someone who specializes in the laws that your employer has violated. For example, if you’ve had your hours slashed because you’re pregnant, you’ll want to find someone with experience handling that type of situation successfully. That’s not to say it’s easy to track down a specialist. Try looking into books about rights for pregnant women. Look at the list of authors to find employment attorneys with a wealth of knowledge on the topic.
Here’s the thing: great employment attorneys likely aren’t hurting for work. The last thing they need is to take on a client who doesn’t show them any respect. As Lexis Nexis writes, you need to talk to any prospective law firm with respect. Don’t go into a meeting saying things like, “this should be easy for you.”
Would you hire any other service without first interviewing them? Why, then, would you consider hiring a lawyer without first holding a meeting? As The Telegraph points out, actually meeting with a lawyer first can give you an idea of their motivations, their work ethic, and their personality. All of these things are important if you’re hoping to work together successfully.