Losing your job can be quite depressing; especially if the grounds for dismissal are seemingly unlawful to you. If you feel that you have lost your job unlawfully, it is recommended that you find a qualified wrongful dismissal lawyer to represent your case in a court of law.
In the USA, all employees are considered to be working “at will”, unless they are employed under a contract. This means that employers can fire you for just about any reason, provided that it is not illegal.
It is however worth noting that being fired on the grounds of retaliation, any form of discrimination or violation of the terms of a contractual agreement is enough to warrant a wrongful dismissal lawsuit.
Although there are numerous wrongful dismissal attorneys out there, the quality of the services they offer varies a lot. As such, it would be in your best interest for you to take the time to identify the right professional to represent your grievances in a court of law.
Use the tips listed below as a guide to the right wrongful dismissal attorney.
It’s highly likely that this is your first time facing a wrongful dismissal, and thus looking for a suitable lawyer is new to you. Ask close friends and family members who may have had recent dealings with wrongful dismissal lawyers to suggest some names.
If you are unable to get any word of mouth suggestions, consider going online and searching for employment lawyers in your locality. Be sure to read their website’s about page to ensure that they specialize in this area of law.
Experience And Specialization
Once you have compiled a list of viable options, move on to the next step and find out more about their area of specialization, and their level of experience. Before hiring any lawyer, take the time to confirm that they specialize in this area of law.
To determine the area of law that a certain lawyer specializes in, look at the nature of the majority of cases they have handled in the past. Find out whether the lawyers under consideration have a reasonable level of experience when it comes to dealing with cases similar to yours.
Lawyers with years of experience handling cases of this nature will have acquired in depth knowledge of how to best proceed to increase the likelihood of achieving a successful outcome.
A lawyer’s reputation will have a huge bearing on the expected outcome of the case. Take the time to find out more about the reputation of all the wrongful dismissal lawyers under consideration. You can ask each lawyer in your list to provide you with a list of genuine references. Be sure to contact these references and find out more about the professional conduct of the lawyers in question, and how they handed each case.
This will help you find out more about what you can expect from the professional you end up hiring. You can also contact the local bar association and ask about the conduct, and any disciplinary actions taken against any of the professionals on your list.
With the above tips in mind, you will be in a better position to make an informed hiring decision; and with it, improve your chances of getting the best possible outcome from your wrongful dismissal lawsuit.
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