Why is it a good idea to hire a good employment lawyer?
Written by our Virginia Beach employment lawyers
To take legal action against your employer for a claim of discrimination, you must first file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC will take your information and file a charge on your behalf and you are not required to have a lawyer. However, if you do not have one, you run the risk of hurting your case.
For more than a decade, our Virginia Beach employment lawyers have handled employment law matters such as racial discrimination claims, disability claims, and unpaid overtime claims for individuals throughout Hampton Roads, including Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth.
Not having a lawyer in your corner and taking care of matters on your own may save some money in the short run, but in the long-run it could be very costly.
For example, in Johnson v. Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC, (682 F.Supp.2d 560) the African-American employee from Norfolk filed a charge of racial discrimination with the EEOC. He eventually filed suit against his employer and two of his claims were for retaliation due to his sharing of information with an employment lawyer to pursue a racial discrimination claim.
The employer moved to dismiss the retaliation claim because the EEOC charge did not identify that retaliation occurred. The court dismissed the retaliation complaint, depriving the plaintiff from fully pursuing a claim. A good employment lawyer would have ensured that the plaintiff’s charge did not leave out the charge of retaliation.
If you have been discriminated against in Hampton Roads, our Virginia Beach employment lawyers are ready to help. From racial discrimination claims to disability claims to unpaid overtime claims, our experienced lawyers have proven results and can be reached by calling (757) 432-2500 or using our online form below.
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