Employment Law Consultations

The Purpose of an Initial Consultation

Employment Law ConsultationsA consultation is an initial meeting with a lawyer. As explained below, an employment law consultation serves several different purposes including allowing your lawyer 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 short, written chronology or timeline of the key events to provide an overview of what happened to you. 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 employment lawyer will help you evaluate the potential costs, risks and rewards of each of your options, so you can decide which is best for you.

Answer Your Questions

Another purpose of a consultation is to obtain answers to 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 answers that are 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. Before you hire a lawyer, you should make sure you trust and feel comfortable working with him or her.

You also 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.

Contact Rabner Baumgart Ben-Asher & Nirenberg, P.C.

If you believe your employer violated your employment law rights in New Jersey or New York, you can contact us online, or call us at (973) 744-4000, to schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney.

While most of our initial meetings are in person, we can conduct telephone consultations if you live far from our office or if there is another reason why it is difficult or inconvenient to meet with us in person.

For more information, you may want to read our article:  What You Should Bring to Your Initial Consultation With an Employment Lawyer.