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  • What should i look for in a lawyer?

    I need to find a lawyer to rep me in my grievance hearing with my past employer. I am charging them with a retaliation charge ..I feel they they used the harshest punishment to retaliate against me for using FMLA in the past as well as reporting a coworker in house on a hostile work environment claim. I only need the layer for the length of the hearing and I guess I should meet with him/her prior. I don't know where to start though..is an attorney and lawyer the same thing?. Plus I live in a small town...how can I make sure I don't pick one of my bosses buddies?

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    You are going to have a very hard time finding an attorney to represent you because you don't have a case.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by eerelations View Post
      You are going to have a very hard time finding an attorney to represent you because you don't have a case.
      I can show that people accidently falsify documents , the same thing I was fired for but nothing is done. Policy does not differenciate reason or cause for doing so. I can show that there can be bias due to sex in firings. The same coworker that I waged an in-house complaint of hitting me and comments based on my sexuality was the same one that worked with me the nights of the offense. I can show he's been under many serious investigations yet got off with the benefit of the doubt each time..including my in-house complaint months ago. If anyone can assist me in regards to my question I would apreciate it.

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      • #4
        Well, if you are in a small town, the pool of lawyers is going to be small. Findlaw.com has a 'Find a Lawyer" feature. You might also talk to friends and family and get their recommendations. You need someone who specializes in employment law. I would meet with more than one, just to get a better idea for who is out there and what they charge.
        I post with the full knowledge and support of my employer, though the opinions rendered are my own and not necessarily representative of their position. In other words, I'm a free agent.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ElleMD View Post
          Well, if you are in a small town, the pool of lawyers is going to be small. Findlaw.com has a 'Find a Lawyer" feature. You might also talk to friends and family and get their recommendations. You need someone who specializes in employment law. I would meet with more than one, just to get a better idea for who is out there and what they charge.
          Thank you ElleMD.

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          • #6
            Ref. http://www.laborlawtalk.com/showthread.php?t=309247
            http://www.laborlawtalk.com/showthread.php?t=309191
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            • #7
              ...which show clearly OP doesn't have a case.

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              • #8
                Yep - think I will close this thread also (other 2 closed) so OP doesn't continue on trying to convince us there is a case like in the other threads. OP can certainly talk to a lawyer & Elle answered OP's question in this thread re locating a lawyer. No need to leave it open.
                Last edited by Betty3; 05-13-2014, 09:24 AM.
                Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

                Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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