In The Episode
We were thrilled to have Rebecca Pontikes recently join us for our podcast. In it, we talked about consulting fees in employment law cases. We’ve discussed this issue before in an earlier podcast, where we touched on it briefly with Jacob Small, but on today’s show, we will be dealing with this issue exclusively.
Rebecca, who has a sharp bent toward women’s rights, is a plaintiff’s side employment lawyer based in Boston, where she only works on behalf of individual employees. The focus of her practice is on discrimination against caregivers—moms and dads who get penalized at work because they have to care for either their kids or their aging parents. She also does a lot of work around sexual harassment and with Title IX plaintiffs. In addition to that, she deals with the whole gamut of employment work, especially with noncompete agreements, because they have a lot of health care and technology employers that require these agreements in Boston.
Listen to find out what Rebecca has to tell you today about whether you should expect to pay consulting fees in employment-related cases.
– Rebecca talks about what a Title IX case is and who would call her in that regard.
– She explains why she charges consulting fees.
– She clarifies how her work differs from that done by firms that advertise free consultations.
– She reveals why the definition of a consultation could vary from one law firm to the next.
– Many law firms have their junior attorneys or even paralegals handle their consultations.
– Rebecca describes some of the difficulties with dealing with employment law cases that most people aren’t aware of.
– She lists some resources for people who really can’t afford a lawyer, such as low-cost services available on Avvo.com.
– She explains why she is passionate about having legal services adequately funded.
– She explains why it is worth paying a lawyer for a consultation.
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