When Should I Hire a Lawyer For My Employment-Related Issue?

Your employer is capable of committing unlawful actions that can put you in a disadvantage. If you are currently feeling helpless about your situation and don’t know how to address your employment-related problem to your employer, you might want to consider hiring an employment attorney.  

An employment lawyer can advise either the employees or employers regarding the federal and state employment laws that may have been violated. The primary job of an employment lawyer is to make sure that all employees are given fair and consistent treatment and employers act in compliance with all laws within the workplace. So how you can you know if you need a lawyer to handle your issues? Read this article as we provide you understanding for your questions.

Why do I need the services of a lawyer?

To completely impose state and federal laws defending employees against illegal actions by their employers, you are going to have to ask for help from an attorney in these type of situations where you are faced with a serious problem with your employer and need to take legal action. Here are reasons why you might need one:

  • Employment laws are confusing. They come with chaotic deadlines, prerequisites to filing a suit, and requirements that you will probably miss if you do attempt to handle it yourself. If you want to file a suit, then it’s time that you get a lawyer.
  • Morass claims. Employment laws are not always found on the books and you might not be aware of it. There are certain laws that you thought exists, but they are not valid. If you think that you have the right claims, and your termination is not proper, or something illegal is going on, then go speak to a lawyer.
  • You are not taken seriously. This is pretty normal for almost all employers unless you have a serious representation.
  • You’re anxious in confrontations. A lot of people are not that comfortable in a confrontational situation or advocating for themselves. You will need support to negotiate your employment agreement or severance package.

When do I need to talk to a lawyer right away?

If you are positively sure that you need a lawyer, here are some of the circumstances that you may want to contact a lawyer immediately:

  • You are threatened or sued by your employer or former employer.
  • You are asked/ persuaded to sign a contract or agreement that you don’t really understand, particularly if it’s a no-poach agreement, confidentiality, arbitration, or employment agreement.
  • You are charged with a crime. Immediately seek a criminal defense lawyer instead of an employment lawyer.

What are some situations I might need a lawyer?

  • If you believe that your employer or former employer has breached employment laws.
  • If you were assaulted for complaining about discrimination or something illegal the employer has committed.
  • If you are not paid right and from the wages you’re owed.
  • If you think you are misclaimed as exempt from overtime or as an independent contractor.

What are some situations I don’t need a lawyer?

  • You were asked to come up with a written complaint of discrimination to the human resources department, as long as you follow the policy.
  • You attended a disciplinary meeting. Make sure that you take down notes and that you don’t sign anything unless it’s a form acknowledging receipt of the discipline, and sign if it claims “as to receipt only, a rebuttal to follow.)
  • You signed documents that you completely understand, such as applications, insurance forms, and tax documents.
  • If you filed a union grievance if you’re a union member.

How can I find a lawyer?

Now, after you have decided that you should consult with a lawyer, it’s time that you find one. You might want to get a few names and talk to at least two to three different lawyers before choosing the one you think would represent your interests well. Remember that you need to look for an attorney who’s an expert in employment or labor law. Make sure that he/she represents individual employees, not employers.

Author bio: Ivandrea Ollero is a daytime writer for Barwick Boitano Lawyers Parramatta, a law firm that provides legal services and achieving fantastic results for local clients in Sydney and Western Sydney. Ivandrea is a content writer who researches and write custom content about home improvements, finance, law, travel, fashion, and beauty. She graduated from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016. She provides helpful tips and hacks on various topics for her readers.

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