When to hire an employment attorney

Many employees are unaware of their legal rights in the workplace. They don’t know when, or even how, to get the legal help they need when facing a work-related problem.

Along with preserving and enforcing your legal rights, an experienced employment attorney will be able to navigate the legal process for you efficiently and effectively. They will have those difficult conversations, so you don’t have to, and provide you with guidance and support throughout the process.  

Here are six instances when an employment attorney will save you time and money, and help you preserve your sanity:

1. Reviewing your job offer

An employment offer letter or agreement provides the framework for your working conditions at that company, including your rights and responsibilities, and often what will happen when you leave. For example, an employment attorney will advise you on whether your agreement entitles you to a severance package or restricts you from working for a competitor after you leave the company. Remember, you are not obligated to sign your employment agreement as soon as you receive it. Take the time to have an employment attorney review it and advise you on what provisions could hurt you and how to negotiate a better deal. 

2. Handling workplace issues

An employment attorney can protect your rights in the workplace and help solve the problem. Unfortunately, employers may mistreat their employees by failing to: 

  • pay overtime, 
  • grant medical or family leave, 
  • grant a reasonable accommodation for your disability, 
  • follow health and safety protocols, or 
  • properly investigate discrimination or harassment complaints. 

3. Harassment and discrimination

Any situation in which you feel unsafe or uncomfortable in your workplace may be a form of illegal harassment or discrimination if it is occurring due to a protected characteristic such as your age, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin or religion, among others. An employment attorney will step in and help find the best resolution to protect you. 

4. Securing the severance you deserve

Generally, a severance agreement is between you and your employer, who is free to set the terms of your package, which might not always be in your favor. Before accepting any offer, consult with an experienced employment attorney to review your offer and negotiate on your behalf to ensure you get the severance you deserve. It’s not difficult to improve your severance package if you work with someone who knows what they’re doing.  

5. Employment termination

Although employment in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania is at will, iIf your employer fired you without a good reason and you are a member of a protected class, you may have the right to damages based on wrongful termination. Since the law in this area can be complicated, it’s best to contact an employment attorney right away, as you have a limited period of time to file a lawsuit. 

6. Giving you an idea of what your case may be worth

It can be stressful and financially draining having to handle an employment issue alone with no experience or idea of what your case may be worth. You may be entitled to different forms and amounts of compensation. An employment attorney who knows the law and has experience handling matters like yours can evaluate your case, and explain your options, so you receive the best possible outcome. 

Hiring an employment attorney is always the best course of action to take when dealing with a work-related issue. The legal system is complex. The right employment attorney will know what documents and evidence you need to prove a claim against your employer.

They also will advise you on the best course of action to take so that you are compensated appropriately. 

If you have employment law questions or believe your employment rights have been violated, give us a call at 973.787.8442 or schedule a Strategy Session today, so we can help you resolve the issue. 

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