Many employees can find it confusing whether to hire a lawyer for work related issues. If you are involved in a dispute with your current or former employer, or need legal advice about an employment related matter, you may need to hire an employment lawyer. Here are 4 reasons why.
1) Reviewing a job offer
Employment lawyers can be helpful not only if you’ve lost your job, but also when you start a new job as well. One example is the termination clause you sign in your employment contract. This contract can determine how much money you will be entitled to should your employer terminate your position in the future. An employment lawyer can help you review your offer to make sure that you are in the best position as you start your new job.
2) Dealing with Issues in the Workplace
Conflict in the workplace can be a difficult situation but does not necessarily need to result in the end of your working relationship. An employment lawyer can help you assess the situation and offer suggestions and possible solutions that will not drive an end to your employment relationship.
3) Harassment and Discrimination
While there are multiple laws that prevent harassment and discrimination in the workplace, it is still an unfortunate reality that happens regularly. Specific laws are in place to protect employees from such conduct. An employment lawyer can offer multiple and possible solutions that can protect you from an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.
4) Exit Package or Terminations
Many longer service employees announce an early retirement as a way out of their role. However, in the right situations, an employment lawyer can help work with an employer (and their legal team) to create a gradual exit that meets both employers and employees needs, rather than making a quick exit.
Losing a job can be one of the most painful and distressing losses you may ever experience. Employment lawyers can help make sure that you were treated fairly by your former employer and that you received the best possible payout for your specific situation.
Joseph E. Fournier is an Attorney and a CPA who has more than twenty years of experience in a variety of business legal matters, including start-ups and company formations, drafting shareholder and operating agreements, contracts, employment law, commercial litigation, tax planning and audit defense, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A). He also handles estate planning matters, such as business succession planning, wills, trusts, and probate.