Have you been discriminated against at work? Were you wrongfully let go and out of work? Many people who experience situations like these are under the impression that there is nothing that they can do about it. They simply leave and go looking for their next job. While you can certainly do that, there are definitely grievances where you want to make sure that something is done about what happened. In order to do that, the best thing you can do is to get a lawyer on your side. But before you take that step, there are some questions that you may want to have answered first. Some things you may be wondering right now include:
What sort of things are employment lawyers good for? This is going to vary depending on the state that you're employed in. For instance, some states have very strict laws in regards to when employees are allowed breaks while other states don't have any requirements for breaks. Some states follow the federal guidelines of overtime where non-contract workers must be paid overtime when they work more than 40 hours in a week while other states count daily overtime in addition to weekly hours. If you suspect that you've been subject to unlawful working conditions of any kind, the best way to find out is to contact an employment lawyer.
How much does an employment lawyer cost? Fees are going to vary from state to state and from lawyer to lawyer. Some employment lawyers may charge a nominal consultation fee for the first visit but, if they take your case, they'll take fees out of whatever settlement that they are able to get on your behalf. Others may charge no out of pocket fees at all, only taking a percentage of the settlement. This is something that you'll want to ask before you meet with the lawyer for the first time.
How long do employment cases take? If you do have a case and are due compensation, good employment lawyers are going to be upfront about how long it might take before you are compensated. In some instances, all but the most stubborn employers will be offering a reasonable settlement within a few weeks, or even days of you talking with the lawyer for the first time. But it's also not uncommon for some employment cases to drag out for years before any agreement is reached.
For more information, contact a law office like the Law Offices of Terry K. Davis.