What Does an Employment Law Attorney Do?
As an employee, no matter where you work, you rely on your employer to adhere to state and federal employment laws. When there is a violation, it is not only stressful, but your job may be at stake. If this has happened to you, you may be feeling scared, overwhelmed, and unsure of where to turn. In these types of cases, the help of an employment law attorney can be invaluable.
An employment law lawyer can help employees dealing with:
- Contract negotiations
- Disability benefits
- Discrimination issues
- Severance negotiations
- Sexual harassment violations
- Unemployment claims
- Wage and hour disputes
- Wrongful termination
In addition to helping clients file a lawsuit, employment law lawyers can also assist clients in resolving their issues outside of the courtroom. For example, an employment law attorney can represent an employee in negotiations with their employer. An employment law attorney can also guide employees in determining if filing a lawsuit is in their best interest and illuminate any other legal options they may have.
Determining If You Have Grounds for a Claim
Whether you are dealing with a wage dispute or have been the victim of workplace discrimination or harassment, the first step in resolving the issue legally is determining if you have grounds to file a claim. This is a complicated process, but working with an attorney can help.
The process for determining if you have grounds for an employment law claim can include the following:
- Investigating your case
- Reviewing whether local, state, or federal employment laws were violated
- Understanding your rights as an employee
- Understanding all your legal options in the given circumstances
The best way to determine if you have a case is to consult with one of the employment law attorneys at May, Rammell & Wells. Our team is well-versed in Idaho state law and federal employment and labor laws.
How to Prepare for Your First Meeting with an Attorney
Dealing with an employment issue is never easy. If you work for a large corporation or are dealing with issues related to workplace retaliation or harassment, you may be feeling intimidated and unsure about bringing a lawsuit against your company for fear of losing your job. These feelings are natural, and you are not alone in this. Scheduling a consultation with a lawyer can help clarify your next steps.
When preparing for your consultation, you should:
- Bring as much information as possible about your employment, such as when you were hired, the positions you’ve held with the company, employment contracts, pay stubs, etc.
- Gather as much documentation as possible about the incident or issue you are dealing with
- Make a list of any witnesses to or other parties affected by the situation
- Write down any questions you have about your case and about the process of filing a lawsuit to discuss with your attorney
You have nothing to lose by speaking with a lawyer. Having an attorney by your side can bring you much-needed support during an incredibly difficult time.
At May, Rammell & Wells, we know how difficult it is to deal with a workplace issue. Our employment law attorneys are here to help. Give our law firm a call at (208) 623-8021 or send us a message online to schedule a confidential consultation.