Whether you’re facing harassment at work or need to know what your rights are if you become a “whistleblower,” having an experienced Seattle employment law attorney on your side is a must if you’re facing a conflict at work. Your attorney can help you understand your legal rights and protect you from discrimination, harassment, and other problems.
When choosing an attorney to help you, consider the following tips:
- Does the attorney have experience representing people in similar cases? Your attorney should have experience not only in employment law, but in representing employees in situations like the one you are facing. For instance, if you believe your employer is violating wage and hour laws, look for an attorney with experience representing other employees who faced similar violations by their employers.
- Can the attorney explain things in a way you understand? No attorney can promise you that you will win your case. However, your attorney should explain your situation, your options, and the possible outcomes in a way you understand. Lawyers are busy, but if you get the impression you’ll be bothering them with your questions, that may not be the best lawyer for you.
- How does the attorney handle your questions? Just as your attorney should explain things so you understand them, your attorney should also be willing to answer your questions in a way you can understand. Ask a prospective attorney when and how you can contact him or her if you have additional questions or need help with a particular step in your case. Winning your case is a team effort, and your lawyer will need you to be actively involved.
- Does the attorney have a good local reputation? An attorney who has a good reputation with other law firms, courts, and former clients can help you navigate the process more smoothly than an attorney with a negative reputation. That reputation is probably also based on their past performance as well as who they know. Seeking recommendations from people you trust can help you evaluate a potential attorney’s reputation.