Have been you been subjected to employment discrimination? If so, you must know your rights. Depending on how complex your case is, hiring the services of an experienced employment lawyer can be crucial to the success to get a successful outcome. Your attorney will determine if you have a possible claim and the best way to take action.
Keep reading to know what your discrimination attorney will do:
Assess your Case
After determining the state or federal laws your employer may have violated, your lawyer will assess the available and admissible evidence of the acts of your employer as well as evaluate the losses or injuries you have suffered as a result. You may need to provide documents that can help in proving that discrimination took place. These could be emails, termination documents, performance evaluations, and others. Also, your lawyer will ask for documents that show your financial losses, and any contact information of witnesses to the acts of discrimination.
Inform you Of your Options
After evaluating your evidence and calculating the approximate losses, your employment lawyer will discuss the courses of action available to you to address your case and recover your damages. Your lawyer determines your options based on the specific laws violated by your employer, your evidence’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as the amount of your losses.
Below are the common courses of action that you may be asked to choose from:
- Sending a demand letter to your employer. The letter describes the lawyers that your employer has violated and your losses. It is mainly to find out if your employer wants to negotiate an informal resolution of your claims.
- Filing a complaint with the anti-discrimination agency. This is usually the next step if your employer is not interested in informal negotiations. But, first, you must file a complaint with the state or federal agency that will enforce antidiscrimination laws. If your claim is denied by the agency, you can file an employment discrimination lawsuit.
- Filing a lawsuit. Your attorney will describe the litigation process. This includes what to expect from filing the complaint to the trial itself. Also, your attorney will explain their service fees and the expected costs.
- Mediation. This course of action can take place at any stage in the process but it usually happens after filing an agency complaint or lawsuit. Although it is similar to informal negotiations, it involves a third party.