Although unfortunate, workplace discrimination is very common in Texas. Every year, a bunch of cases are reported, and it wouldn’t be wrong to assume that many cases are not reported, because employees fear consequences of their complaint and action. After all, no one wants to be the troublemaker at work. However, discrimination at the workplace is not just unethical but also wrong on many levels. Whether it is about discriminating against a pregnant woman, or sexual discrimination, it must be addressed. Of course, filing a discrimination lawsuit against your employer may not be as easy as it seems on paper, which is the precise reason why you need an experienced Austin employment discrimination lawyer by your side.
How can an employment discrimination lawyer help?
There are more than a few solid reasons why you may need an employment discrimination lawyer. Firstly, it is important to establish if you have a case in the first place. Your lawyer can help you understand if your lawsuit will hold. Just because you believe that your employer has treated you unfairly doesn’t mean you have a case. Secondly, your lawyer will help in understanding the cost vs. benefit equation. When you file a lawsuit, you would expect a fair compensation for your suffering. For instance, if you have been wrongly fired, you would want to be reinstated and get all your salary and benefits for the period. However, sometimes a discrimination case may not get you a compensation that would justify the costs.
Finding a lawyer
Not all lawyers know about employment laws, and therefore, you need someone with expertise. Find an employment discrimination lawyer, who is experienced enough and has worked with employees and executives. Someone who has worked for employers may not have the same empathetic approach. Check for the number of years an employment discrimination lawyer has been in the industry and ask for references, if need be. Also, insist on meeting your lawyer in person, because this is an important part of discussing the case. Your lawyer should be able to give you a fair idea of what to expect from the case in different eventualities, and yes, do ask them about their fees, as many lawyers work on retainer basis or charge an hourly fee.
Hiring an employment discrimination lawyer is the best step towards filing a lawsuit against your employer, and their experience can change the course of your case.