People facing an employment law dispute often put off contacting an attorney for many reasons. These include concerns about cost, the emotional toll of a lawsuit or fear about how it will affect future employment prospects. If you are facing discrimination, harassment or retaliation in the workplace, you don’t have to do it alone. An experienced employment lawyer can help you address your concerns and get the remedy you are entitled to by law. The following are examples of situations when the assistance of a lawyer is necessary to protect your rights:
You were recently laid off and offered severance in exchange for signing an agreement that contains a release of claims.
A severance offer with a release of claims is basically an offer to settle any claim you may bring against an employer. Once you sign it, you will be prevented from suing your employer. An experienced employment attorney can review your severance offer and advise you whether it is an appropriate offer for your situation. Companies often make severance offers when they know you have a case to try and make you sign away your rights to sue them. These offers are often lower than the value of your case. Hiring an attorney at this stage will help you negotiate an appropriate offer for your case.