Using An Attorney . . .
You should see an attorney if you want to protect yourself while negotiating any type of employment agreement. You should also see an attorney if you are being treated unfairly and wish to protect yourself.
If possible, you should see an attorney BEFORE you are terminated if possible because the attorney can help you assert your rights in a manner that best protects your legal rights. For example, you can lose certain legal claims if you do not make a complaint to your employer BEFORE your termination.
An attorney can also help posture your case PRIOR to your departure in a way to increase the likelihood of getting a severance agreement. Remember, too, you can consult with an attorney without your employer finding out.
If you have been terminated, it is wise to consult an attorney before deciding to accept a severance agreement that will require you to release your legal claims.
It is also a good idea to see an attorney if you are thinking about filing a discrimination complaint with the EEOC or a state administrative agency, even though you are not required to be represented by an attorney to file a complaint. An attorney can help increase your chances of a successful outcome and, if the complaint is not resolved by the EEOC, your attorney can advise you about whether to pursue a lawsuit.
Just like physicians, attorneys also have specialty areas. Look for an attorney who specializes in representing employees and who has an excellent reputation and significant experience. Your attorney should make you feel that he or she really cares about your case and will do whatever is necessary to help you. You should feel comfortable that the attorney understands your concerns. Look for an attorney who is realistic and who does not make unrealistic promises. It is also best to find an attorney who works in your geographical area.
How do you start looking for an attorney? If you know attorneys who specializes in other areas of the law, often they can give you a referral to an employment law specialist who represents employees. If you have a friend with human resources experience, ask them what lawyers make their companies most afraid. You can also call the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and they can give you a specialist who practices near you.
If you have a legal problem in Colorado, please contact us for an appointment. See Contact Us. If we cannot see you, we will give you the names of other Colorado attorneys who specialize in employment law.
Your attorney will be looking for evidence that helps support your legal claim. Your attorney will also want to know about the evidence against your legal claim so that he or she can properly advise you. The following type of evidence may be important depending on your claim:
CAVEAT: If you are being terminated, you are not entitled to take documents that belong to the company, even if they are relevant to your legal claim. If you wrongfully take documents, you can lose much (or all) of the damages arising from your claim.