A lot, actually. A good NYC employment lawyer can help you in a lot of ways you might not be aware of. This article lays out some of the ways that the NYC employment lawyers at our firm can assist you. While this article focuses primarily on NYC Employment Lawyers, it is just as applicable to employment lawyers outside of New York City – it just so happens that we work here.
- A NYC Employment Lawyer can work with you behind the scenes.
One of the most common misconceptions about employment attorneys – in fact about nearly all attorneys – is that as soon as you’ve hired an attorney, you are going to court. Nothing can be further from the truth. A good employment attorney will start out by working with you behind the scenes to help guide your actions. This is especially useful when you are still employed, but having issues at work (e.g. harassment).
- A NYC Employment Lawyer can help you get severance.
If your employment has been terminated, an employment attorney can help you get a severance. Contrary to popular belief, most employees are not entitled to severance. In reality, when employees get what they call a “severance agreement,” what they are really getting is a “severance agreement and release.” In exchange for some money (severance) from the company, the employee agrees not to sue (release). An employment attorney can find the leverage points to get severance. For more information on severance, you can look at our other articles. We do a lot of severance work here.
- If you have already been offered severance, a NYC Employment Lawyer can help you get more severance.
The only thing better than severance, is more severance. You don’t necessarily have to take the employer’s first offer. If you are over 40, the law requires at least 21 days to consider any offer of severance. Use this time to contact an employment lawyer. A good one will help you turn some severance into more severance.
- A NYC Employment Lawyer can negotiate with your employer
Often, our firm negotiates directly with the employer to get a better severance for our clients. If you have been offered a severance, consider contacting an employment attorney for help.
- A NYC Employment Lawyer can file a lawsuit against your employer.
We put this one last for a reason. Lawyers are probably best known for filing lawsuits, but most lawyers provide services so that their clients can avoid litigation altogether. However, if you are interested in filing a lawsuit against your employer, take a look at our practice areas, these might give you an idea of the sorts of issues that employment lawyers can help you with.
If you need more information or a free consultation, feel free to contact us. We would be happy to help.