Toledo Employment Lawyer

Toledo Employment Lawyer Charles Herman is available to help you act quickly to protect your rights if you believe you have been discriminated against by your employer, or your employer has violated laws that protect employees. Toledo Employment Lawyer Charles Herman provides counsel, advice and litigation services to workers with claims against their employers, including claims for: wrongful termination, retaliation, sexual harassment, hostile work environmentsex discrimination, pregnancy discriminationsexual orientation discriminationrace discrimination, religious discrimination, disability discrimination, minimum wage and hours and overtime, whistleblower claims, and other violations of statutory law, including claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, the Civil Rights Act, and constitutional claims against governmental entities. Additionally, Toledo employment lawyer Charles Herman reviews and negotiates severance agreements. Employment law claims require commitment, both on behalf of the client, and on behalf of your Toledo employment lawyer. If you want a Toledo employment lawyer who is willing to fight for your rights, then contact Charles Herman now.

Initial Consultation with a Toledo Employment Lawyer

My name is Charles Herman and I’m a Toledo employment lawyer. I offer consultations in employment related matters. At the initial consultation I will review your case and discuss with you the facts regarding your claim including whatever evidence you may have such as witness names and documentary evidence. This may take several hours. At the conclusion of this first meeting, I may ask you to provide additional evidence which may be needed to move forward with your case. If there is no additional evidence needed for my case review, I will give you my opinion on whether or not you have a case and I will discuss and explain to you the reasons that support my decision. If I believe that you have a case, we will discuss the possibility of entering into a fee agreement for me to represent you in your case.

Filing an administrative charge

If the best legal strategy involves filing a charge with an administrative agency like the Ohio Civil Rights Commission or the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, then I will assist you in preparing the necessary documents, including: assisting in drafting and filing the charge of discrimination with the agency; reviewing the Respondent’s position statement; drafting a response to the Respondent’s position statement and where necessary providing any additional information to support the allegations of discrimination including witness statements, documentation or other information/evidence; corresponding with the agency and the investigator assigned to the charge; and attending any mediation and/or negotiating any settlement. Many cases can get resolved through mediation, but there are no guarantees and your employer is not required to mediate or negotiate.

Filing a lawsuit in State or Federal Court

Many times filing a lawsuit in state or federal court becomes necessary. There are provisions for attorney’s fees under the discrimination laws and if suit is filed on your case, then I will petition the court for an award of attorney fees in appropriate circumstances. To begin the lawsuit, I will draft and file a document called the complaint with the court. The complaint will list all of the facts in your case and put the employer on notice of your legal claims. The typical cost of filing the complaint is between $200 and $400 depending on which court the complaint is filed in. After the lawsuit is filed with the court and the employer receives notice of the complaint, they must file an answer. The next step is pretrial activities. The most important pretrial activity is “discovery”. Discovery allows both you and the employer to gather information and evidence. After discovery is over, the Court usually gives the parties a time period in which to file motions asking for judgment. The judge will read the motions and the evidence attached to the motions and grant the motion if the Judge considers it unnecessary to go through a trial because there is no dispute about the important facts of the case and the law provides that no relief is warranted. If the judge rules in favor of one party, then the case is over. If the judge does not grant the motion, the case will go to trial.

Damages

At the initial consultation I will also make an evaluation of your potential damages, which includes an assessment of your potential: lost wages; lost benefits; front pay; compensatory damages, including pain and suffering, emotional distress, or inconvenience; and punitive damages. Although these categories of damages are available under the discrimination laws, they may not all be applicable to your individual case.

If you believe that your employer has treated you wrongly, call me at (419) 244-7500 to schedule an initial consultation so we can sit down and talk about the facts of your case and so that I can give you my opinion about whether or not you have a case.