If you feel you have been wrongfully terminated, you may want to discuss your situation with a labor and employment attorney. It can be difficult to find a good employment attorney, so here are a few ideas to consider as you do your research.
Be careful of one-person firms. If it is only one attorney in a firm, how are they handling all of their cases and still have time to take on yours? If they are advertising for work, who will be ultimately responsible for handling your case when you agree to work with that attorney? It will most likely be a legal assistant or paralegal, not the attorney. Even if the attorney is working on your case, how can they be effective if they are also juggling several other cases and is the only lawyer in the firm? To ensure you case gets the attention it deserves, choose a firm with several attorneys who share the workload. There may be certain attorneys who specialize in one area of the law, but they are all available to work on your case. It is not fair if your case is passed off to a legal assistant for any critical work. That should be done by your attorney.
IF you are searching online for a labor and employment attorney, verify that the attorney is located in your state or jurisdiction. Many attorneys who advertise online are not located where you are which can make it difficult when you have a labor dispute. Your attorney should be familiar with the rules and laws of your state. This is the best way to effectively represent you. If an attorney is not located in your area, they may simply refer your case to a partner firm or to another attorney who is paying them a fee for referrals. You want your attorney to know the local judges and the area where you live and worked.
It is also important to hire an attorney who specializes in employment and labor law. Some attorneys are generalists, meaning they take on all types of cases. This is okay, but may not be the best idea when it comes to handling your labor and employment case. Employment law is a very specialized field and the attorney must be knowledgeable about all statutes, laws, and regulations. You should also verify that the attorney is board-certified in employment and labor law. This means they are a specialist in this area of the law.