Knowing what to do if you’re having trouble at work is understandably stressful. We all depend on our jobs for financial security. But if you believe that have been treated unfairly or are the victim of harassment or discrimination at work, you have protections under Tennessee and federal labor laws. You need to speak with a Nashville employment lawyer right away.
Asking the right questions of a potential employment attorney can help ensure that you hire the right person to represent your interests. The Employment and Consumer Law Group has put together the five most important questions to ask before you hire a lawyer for your case.
Choosing an Employment Lawyer
If you’re lucky, you’ve never been in an employment dispute before. But now that you’ve run into a problem, it’s time to get a skilled employment lawyer to fight for your rights. Where should you start?
There are several ways that people can identify possible attorneys:
- Ask around: Maybe someone you know has experienced problems at work. Ask them for a recommendation if they were satisfied with their results.
- Contact a Lawyer Referral Service: The Tennessee Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service can put you in contact with a lawyer who practices employment law. If you need an attorney in the Nashville area, call the Middle Tennessee Lawyer Referral Service at (615) 242-6546.
- Do Internet searches: You can view employment law firm websites to identify possible matches for you. Legal ratings services like Avvo, Martindale-Hubble, and Super Lawyers may help point you in the direction you wish to go.
No matter which path you take to find an employment lawyer, always make an appointment to interview the attorney. Many employment law firms, including the Employment and Consumer Law Group, offer free consultations.
Top 5 Questions Do to Ask a Lawyer in an Interview
You’ll likely arrive at your interview with a bunch of questions to ask. Here are the five most important questions to ask your lawyer:
- What percentage of your practice is dedicated to employment law?
- How long have you been practicing employment law?
- Have you handled cases like mine before?
- What were the results?
- What is your process of communicating with clients?
Your attorney will also answer questions about fee arrangements so that you know what your financial obligations will be throughout the representation. If you are unclear about fees in any way, don’t hesitate to ask the lawyer to explain again.
Keep in mind that you may not find the right lawyer on your first try. Don’t settle for an attorney that you’re not comfortable with. At the Employment and Consumer Law Group, we recommend meeting with at least three employment lawyers before making a decision.
What the Employment and Consumer Law Group Can Do For You
The attorneys at the Employment and Consumer Law Group focus exclusively on employment and labor disputes, including:
- Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) violations
- Wage and hour disputes
- Workplace discrimination
- Sexual harassment
- Employer retaliation
- Tennessee Equal Pay Act
- Bad faith insurance
- Wrongful termination
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- Independent contractor disputes
- Wage theft
- Whistleblower lawsuits
Don’t worry if your dispute doesn’t seem to fit neatly into one of these practice areas. Many times, more than one issue is happening at the same time. Schedule a free consultation with one of our tough and dedicated employment lawyers today. We’ll help figure out your legal options and push for the best possible results in your case.
It’s easy to get started. Call or contact us today.