Here's a checklist of items that you need to know in order to prepare for your first contacts with us.
First, some do's and don'ts that are designed to protect your legal rights, so please follow them carefully.
- When you contact our office, it is important to use your personal email address or telephone. Do not communicate with us from a work email address or telephone. Doing so might compromise your employment situation or the attorney-client privilege, which is an important protection that the law affords you.
- Do not send us sensitive information through the contact form on our web site. It's not designed to be secure for that kind of information. Just give us your contact information and a brief description of your situation. We have other secure means to transfer sensitive information.
- Things tend to happen fast in employment law, and short deadlines may apply. Delaying contact may affect your rights and options, so sooner is better than later.
Second, we will ask you to send us the following information 48 hours ahead of time --- enough time for us to review it carefully before we talk. If you choose to send us documents by mail, please send us only copies ---NO ORIGINALS! We cannot be responsible for your original documents!
- Recent performance evaluations.
- Performance improvement plan, if you currently are or ever have been on one.
- Offer letter (if you do not have a contract).
- Employment contract if you have one. If you do not have an actual contract, and most of you don't, other agreements such as non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements.
- Termination notice.
- Employee Handbook if available.
- Separation Agreement.
- Benefits documents.
- A detailed timeline of your employment situation and the events causing your current problem.
Third, at our initial conference you can expect a candid appraisal of your situation, including:
- Analysis of the information that bears upon your legal claims and negotiating position, in plain English.
- Presenting your options for next steps. This could range from discussing possible litigation, mediation, negotiation, or no action at all.
- A plan for timely follow-up.
Fourth and finally, we insist upon an open and honest business relationship for the long run. There is a fee for consultations. Payment is expected at the time of your appointment and is payable by check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Due to the COVID pandemic your initial conference will probably be by videoconference or telephone call, in which case our office will contact you in advance for your credit card information.
- After the consultation, if we agree to represent you, we will discuss our terms of representation and associated fees in detail. You are under no obligation to continue with us if you do not wish to.