Thursday, April 23, 2015

How Much Do A Workplace Attorney Cost?

April 23, 2015

Dear Cathy:

I don’t have a lot of money to obtain an attorney.  How much do they usually cost and how can I save money if I have a workplace complaint?  Unhappy Employee, Texas

Dear Unhappy Employee:

Remember many unions in workplaces have their own attorneys that you are entitled to if you are a union paying employee.  You can also seek advice from a reliable professional experienced with equal-opportunity cases.  This could be a friend with a law, human resources or management background so you don’t have to seek out an attorney right away.

These days, most lawyers will want a large retainer of $5,000, less or more, and will charge an hourly fee of $250 or $300 on average. Try to get the lawyer to agree to a fixed flat rate or, if your case is exceptionally strong, to accept payment on a contingency basis, plus expenses.

You can also find law students and paralegals that hang out at law libraries that can give you free advice. Your goal at this point is to learn everything you can about workplace discrimination.  

I have 3 books on Workplace Discrimination which you need to read so you can figure out what actions to take on your own “Workplace Survival Guide: How To Fight Discrimination, Whistleblowing and the Workers’ Compensation System and Discrimination 101: The Complete Guide to Recognizing and Surviving Discrimination in the Workplace (Volume 1 & Volume 2).  Also check out my “Workplace Blog”

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