The first step is to educate yourself about your rights. We have put a lot of information on this website. Use it.
Second, call us anytime at (202) 449-8527 and speak with one of our intake specialists at no charge. From there, they can schedule a one-hour strategy conference where you can talk with an attorney for a set fee and get all of your questions answered. Your intake specialist can explain all the options when you call.
Third, use the form on this page to submit your information to the firm. Anything that you submit remains completely confidential even if you don’t hire us. An attorney will review your information and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours to let you know if it’s something we think we can help with. Even if we can’t take your case, we’ll give you some resources for finding additional help. There is no charge for submitting your information using this form.
Let me address some things that you may be thinking…
I have been mistreated, but I’ve been told that it’s just not worth it.
There are certainly times when, for a number of reasons, it may not be worth pursuing action against your employer. We make every effort to help our clients make an educated decision about their options. We never recommend a client to file a case, or take any action if we don’t believe the benefits outweigh the costs. Our firm helps people every day achieve some measure of justice. You owe it to yourself to learn about your options.
I’ll just handle this on my own.
Advocating for yourself is certainly an option in employment law matters. Sometimes it’s the best option. But you need to be careful. Employment law is complicated and you may lose rights that you have without even knowing that you’ve done it. Talk to a lawyer before you make that decision. A few pointers could literally save you thousands of dollars. You should also consider that often just having a lawyer represent you will greatly increase your leverage. It certainly makes common sense that employers do not want to be sued. But you may not be aware that, in employment cases, often a company that loses must pay your attorney fees. This means that having an employment attorney represent you automatically increases your leverage because, not only does the company not want to be sued, it doesn’t want to have to pay two sets of lawyers.
If I see a lawyer they’ll want me to sue, and I don’t want this to even be public, much less sue.
We are not “junk yard dog” lawyers. In some cases, particularly for high-profile professionals, it doesn’t even make sense for you to tell your employer that you even have a lawyer. That doesn’t mean you should go without one. It is not uncommon for us to stay behind the scenes, advising a client without her employer even knowing. Coming in our offices doesn’t mean that you’ll next be walking up the courthouse steps. But we’re not scared to go to court if the case calls for it. Just know that it is entirely possible for you to accomplish your objectives without your case becoming public. We can help you evaluate all of your options.
Five things you can do right now
- If you haven’t been fired, don’t quit. It will weaken your case.
- If you are aware of wrongdoing or discrimination, report it in writing to HR
- Follow your company’s internal complaint policy (if it has one). It won’t protect you at work (that’s what we’re for). But it may help preserve your claim.
- If you are still employed, and work for a company with 15 or more employees, report any significant health problems, especially mental health problems, to your supervisor or human resources. It can give you added legal protection.
- Go see an employment lawyer. (What did you think I was going to say?)