Rights of Employees
Employment Law Consultations
A consultation is an initial meeting with a lawyer. As explained below, an employment law consultation serves several different purposes, including allowing you to tell your story, giving your lawyer an opportunity to evaluate your potential legal claims, and helping you determine the best way to enforce your legal rights.Tell Your Story
One key element of most consultations is to allow you to describe what happened to you. This typically involves you telling your story, with the attorney asking you questions that focus on your potential legal claims.
It often is helpful to provide your lawyer a concise, written chronology or timeline of the key events, either at or before your consultation. This helps provide an overview of what happened to you, and can help focus the meeting on the pertinent facts and events. It also can be helpful to bring key documents such as your employment contract, offer letter, employee handbook, or termination letter. For more information, please read our blog article: What You Should Bring to Your Initial Consultation With an Employment Lawyer.Evaluate Your Potential Legal Claims
Another important purpose of this initial meeting is to allow your lawyer to determine whether you have any legal claims, and to evaluate those claims for you. For example, we can help you determine whether you have a claim of discrimination, harassment or retaliation, or a violation of another one of your employment law rights, and assess the strengths and weaknesses of those claims.Determine Your Best Option
Yet another reason for an employment law consultation is to help you decide the best way to enforce your legal rights. Many clients contact an employment lawyer wanting to sue right away. But litigation is not always the best option, or at least the first option. There usually are alternatives to consider, such as trying to negotiate a settlement or severance package, or filing a claim with a state or federal agency.
A good New Jersey employment law attorney will help you evaluate the potential costs, risks and rewards of each of your options, and help you decide which approach is best for you.Answer Your Questions
Another purpose of a consultation is to answer your questions about your legal rights. While our website provides information regarding some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our clients, a consultation allows you to ask your own questions and obtain personalized answers specific to you and your situation.Get to Know Your Lawyer
Yet another benefit of a consultation is to get to know your lawyer before you hire him or her to represent you. Employment law cases usually are very personal and emotionally charged. Lawsuits can take many months or even years. As a result, before you hire a New Jersey employment lawyer you should make sure you trust and feel comfortable working with him or her.
You should feel confident that your lawyer has the knowledge and expertise to protect your rights. Similarly, you should feel comfortable that your attorney understands and appreciate your goals and will work hard to achieve them.
We understand that meeting with a lawyer for the first time can be intimidating and cause anxiety. We will do our best to put your mind at ease so we can focus on helping you move forward.
If you believe your employer violated your employment law rights, then you can contact us online, or call us at (973) 744-4000, to schedule a consultation with an experienced New Jersey employment law attorney. We offer initial meetings in person, over the telephone, and by Zoom.