Why do I need an attorney to settle a business litigation matter?
A business litigation attorney can guide you through the process of resolving a business dispute based on applicable laws. An attorney can often identify ways to resolve a dispute quickly, without the case proceeding to a lawsuit or trial matter. A business litigation attorney can also explore resolution methods while building a case that will be strong enough to stand up in court should that be the result.
What documents should I bring with me to a business litigation consultation?
When you first meet with an attorney, it is helpful to have a timeline of events. What happened, when, and who was involved. Creating this timeline is also helpful when gathering documents related to the case. Gather any related contracts, correspondence between you and the other party (text, emails, etc.), photographs, and any contact information for parties or witnesses as applicable.
If I have been harassed at work and file a complaint, will my lawyer make me quit my job?
Every employment law claim is different. Generally, lawyers will not encourage you to quit your job unless you are in danger. In some cases, quitting your job before or during the claims process can make it more difficult to prove your case.
I have a minor years-old criminal record, will that affect my claim against my employer?
Your past criminal record will not prevent you from filing a claim against your employer, and may not have a direct impact on your case. However, you should always be upfront with your lawyer about your record. You can guarantee that the other party’s lawyers will review your history. Making sure that your lawyer knows in advance helps him or her do their job to the best of their ability.
How long do discrimination claims usually take to resolve?
Employment law claims, including discrimination claims take a long time. These cases require a careful review of laws and policies. In California, employment law cases usually take around one year to resolve. Cases that are higher-value, or are more complex may take two years or longer. Ultimately, it depends on the case.
I want to file a sexual harassment claim against a co-worker. Do I also need to file criminal charges?
Talk to your workplace harassment lawyer about your case. Some harassment crosses the line into criminal activity, especially if there was a physical assault. Sexual harassment that includes physical attacks, stalking, threats, or other crimes may constitute criminal charges.