Employment Lawyers

Employment lawyers deal with legal situations arising in the workplace.

These include:

  • Wrongful dismissal
  • Contract negotiation
  • Termination agreements
  • Workplace harassment
  • Benefits and severance packages

Do I Need An Employment Lawyer?

If you feel you have been treated wrongly by an employer, or simply need to pre-negotiate a working contract, it is wise to have a lawyer on your side. You can be sure the employer will.

How Do I Find An Employment Lawyer?

  • Talk to friends and family. Perhaps you know someone who has been involved in a litigation with a former employer or has had to negotiate an employment contract, or whatever the specifics of your case.
  • Do online research. Because they are often controversial and involve large companies, employment law stories often generate media coverage and articles in law journals.
  • Contact your provincial legal society to find a lawyer in good standing. Good employment lawyers tend to practice in that field specifically and as such, will develop reputations.
  • Most employment lawyers do charge an initial consultation fee, as employment law is not a pro bono field for either side.


What Will It Cost?

That is a question to ask your lawyer on initial consultation. Costs can vary from a few thousand dollars for contract negotiation, to literally tens of thousands for an ongoing litigation. Remember, every time you receive a phone call, email or letter from your lawyer, he/she is on the clock. Legal fees add up.

Food for Thought

  • Before contacting an employment lawyer, make sure you have a good reason to do so. Many are frivolous cases brought by disgruntled former employees who were dismissed with just cause.
  • Beware of the possible negatives involved in getting into legal soup with a former employer. Your reputation can be damaged. Word gets around.
  • Employers are likely to have far deeper pockets than you, and litigation can often drag on for long periods of time.
  • Employment lawyers tend to specialize in either companies or individuals.
  • You cannot contract the same firm as your employer. It is a conflict of interest for them to act in favour of opposing parties.

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