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Contingency EEOC Lawyers
You should use a contingency based lawyer to file with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), which is a federal agency that investigates claims of discrimination based off sex, gender, age, disability, religion, etc. If you’ve been discriminated against at work and intend to take legal action against your employer, you must first file a charge with the EEOC. Serious litigants use contingency attorneys, the EEOC knows it, the Employer knows it, and most importantly their Defense Attorney knows it.
Unlike most statutes and laws, Title VII allows a district court to award attorneys’ fees, which you forgo/lose if you don’t retain counsel, ultimately making any settlement short of a trial less valuable because you wouldn’t be able to add in those attorney costs! Not having an EEOC lawyer is generally a bad move.
The employer will be notified and will know right away that if you have not secured employment counsel on contingency – meaning that your case has likely been turned down by plaintiff’s contingency employment lawyers and therefore is probably weak or of nuance value. Frankly, it’s the biggest signal to the employer and their defense counsel that your case won’t go anywhere, doesn’t have value, and they generally won’t seriously negotiate for a settlement.
Filing with the EEOC can also be complicated and time consuming, the whole process often taking up to ten months or more. The contingency attorneys at MKO Employment Law have helped hundreds of clients navigate more easily through the EEOC’s procedures. As a boutique employment law firm, we focus all of our effort on protecting the rights of employees, and generally work on contingency to foster a true partnership with our clients.
How do contingency legal fees work?
Many types of civil litigation require paying major retainers, which are lump sums of money against which the attorney bills, that must be replenished from time to time and often span many years. Instead, MKO uses “contingent” legal billing meaning that you only pay if there is a “recovery” on your case. In other words, MKO and you are on the same team, and both only get paid if the lawyer gets a recovery. If there is no recovery in an unfortunate circumstance, there are no legal fees you are required to pay.
You don’t need to borrow money or make installment payments – MKO puts its “money where its mouth is.” The typical fee for lawyers that focus primarily on employment law, and are contingent, is 40% of any recovery.
Do I need a contingency attorney to file with the EEOC?
While it is not required that you have an attorney draft your EEOC Charge, it is strongly advised that you seek your own counsel to help make sure your Charge is properly drafted. If your charge is not filed on time, or if your claims are not properly asserted, your case could be dismissed prematurely.
Building a strong case against your employer will take time. Hourly billing gets very expensive, very quickly, and in most cases, you should avoid that if possible.
Contingency based employment attorneys are so worth-while because they only get paid if they do their job well. Attorneys who will bill you hourly will not have the same motivation to effectively and efficiently file your claims and assist in the investigation process.
Your employer will have their own legal team ready to defend them and they will likely be billed by the hour. For this reason, your employer and their team will do whatever they can to intimidate you and attempt to weaken your case so they can save money.
Our attorneys at MKO are familiar with all manner of tactics used by employers and will help level the playing field for you. Whether your case is chosen for mediation, or you are issued your Right to Sue Letter and want to file a lawsuit, we will be there from start to finish to make sure your best interests are being represented on a contingency fee basis.
We are available from 7am-7pm Mon-Fri and 8am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday. Call or chat us now for your free consultation. We will speak with you confidentially to evaluate your case and advise you as to the next appropriate steps available to you.
Employee Legal Consultations
We offer actual employment lawyer (not staff) consultations with local Pennsylvania attorneys from 7am to 7pm Monday through Friday, and 8am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. We are always happy to give advice to everyone, even if we can’t represent you.
Get The Damages and Compensation You Deserve
If you were fired, laid off, or you suffered any other adverse employment action due to unlawful conduct, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for:
- Back pay
- Future lost earnings
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Compensatory damages
- Liquidated damages
- Punitive damages
- Attorney’s fees and costs
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“Providing you a path forward in your life, career, and recovering the compensation you deserve.™”
MKO is a “boutique firm” which means that we focus on a niche area and offer highly specialized services to clients who are looking for the personal touch within our area of expertise: Employment Law. Boutique law firms are not a general practice or one-stop legal shop, and that’s a good thing. You need one good attorney who knows the ins and outs of the area of law that’s relevant to your case. Look for a law firm that primarily practices the area of law that you need. If that’s all they do, chances are, they do it very well. We see each legal dispute as an opportunity to find a fair and equitable resolution without destroying your reputation, resume, job prospects, income, and if avoidable, not subjecting you, your family, friends, and former coworkers to unnecessary, highly invasive, time consuming, stressful, and ultimately public litigation. MKO, “Providing you a path forward in your life, career, and recovering the compensation you deserve.™” Confidentiality is key, for everyone. Are you a victim? MKO’s employment lawyers are always available for the clients. You can contact us anytime for a case assessment and evaluation.
Ten Reasons You Want MKO As Your Employment Counsel
1. Focused Employment Law Practice
MKO is a “boutique law firm” which means that we concentrate on this niche area and offer highly focused employment law services to clients who are looking for the personal touch. Boutique law firms are not a one-stop legal shop, and that’s a good thing. While a long roster of diverse legal services may look impressive on paper, it’s fairly pointless in practice. You need one good attorney who knows the ins and outs of the area of law that’s relevant to your case. Look for a law firm that only practices in the area of law that you need. If that’s all they do, chances are, they do it very well.
2. Technology Driven & Experts in the Cloud
We provide immediate legal consultations, operate a paperless law firm, use advanced cloud storage, digital signatures, electronic forms, and can review your documents using screen share technology instantaneously. MKO is technologically savvy, nimble, flexible, and efficient.
We are not confined to our office, chained to a desktop computer, or burdened with IT maintenance. Thanks to the smart use of technology we can focus on providing our clients with the best representation possible. By streamlining our practice we can focus on what our clients hire us to do – advocate on their behalf and work diligently toward a desired result.
3. Legal Advice Instantly From The Comfort of Home
MKO can provide superior legal services through adaptive use of new technology and provide the majority of legal assistance while you are comfortably working from your home. It just also happens it's better, easier, and faster for our clients - they really appreciate it. We seamlessly and interactively collaborate with you in a relaxed environment where you have all of your files in your immediate control. We find this is the absolute best way to provide legal advice to our clients on complex legal issues, hands down.
The old style of coming into our office with binders of disjointed and unsearchable paperwork, of which we to organize and figure out on the fly, is incredibly wasteful, time-consuming, inefficient, and not highly productive. Because of our integration with technology, we are ready to work with you on highly intricate matters on a moments notice, no matter where you (or we) are.
4. Discreet When Necessary
While many cases require that we go to court to seek justice, there are a substantial number of disputes that need to be handled discreetly. We see each legal dispute as an opportunity to find a fair and equitable resolution without destroying your reputation, resume, job prospects, income, and if avoidable, not subjecting you, your family, friends, and former coworkers to unnecessary, highly invasive, time consuming, stressful, and ultimately public litigation. MKO, “Providing you a path forward in your life, career, and recovering the compensation you deserve.™”
Confidentiality is key, for everyone.
5. Experience, Professional, & Integrity
Through representing and managing thousands of employment situations, rest assured there is help or a path forward for your situation. For example, Partner Christi Wallace has personally represented over 1000 clients and has managed hundreds more for associates that worked for her in just her first 10 years!
6. Highly Responsive Attorneys
We always get the question, "If I choose to have you represent me, will it be difficult for me to get in touch with you?"
Absolutely not, we even make ourselves available to clients beyond our normal business hours! Further, when you call us your attorney answers, not a secretary who puts you on hold for 20 minutes, then tells you that you can leave a voicemail for your attorney. Besides the MKO office phone number, our clients can contact their attorney via mobile, SMS & texting, business email, and an urgent emergency email. For example, we can often respond to a text message in just a few minutes. Experience a better, faster, and more efficient way to work with an attorney. MKO believes that clients can and should depend on the fact that we’ll respond quickly.
7. Attorneys Available 74+ Hours Per Week
Employment Attorneys are available at least 74 hours per week by phone, email, and text messaging. Don't be fooled by marketing, many law firms are using non-attorney 3rd party answering services and advertising "Phones Answered 24 Hours A Day, 7 Days A Week." We pick up our own phones, respond to our own emails and text messages, and use real attorneys, 74+ hours per week.
8. Practical Advice From Seasoned Professionals
MKO strongly believes that every situation is distinctly unique and therefore we must endeavor to find the right solution for that particular issue. Because we are a boutique employment law firm, we strive to find unique and innovation solutions for our clients in every circumstance. We take action when necessary, put together deals when possible, and work with our clients so we can be creative and find smart solutions instead of needless litigation. We want to protect your interests now and in the future.
9. Contingency Representation
Contingency Legal Representation is where you do not have to pay your lawyer up front. This is fantastic if you are offered this option. Lawyers and litigation costs are incredibly expensive if you pay hourly. With contingency representation, you are not faced with large legal bills and expenses that are daunting and causes slow downs while waiting for a retainer to be replenished. Further, when you're offering to pay anyone up front and hourly, it seems they'll take almost any case - so long as they are getting paid. Funny how that works. Here's how we help:
- People can afford an attorney. – Without the benefit of contingency, it would be very difficult for a person who was recently separated from their job to afford an employment lawyer.
- MKO only gets paid if there is a recovery. – We put our money where our mouth is, if we don't get a recovery, you don't owe legal fees and costs.
- Contingency representation says something about your case. – Considering MKO only will get paid if there is a recovery, you can assume we like to cases that we believe have merit.
- Helps people can move on with their lives – Instead of racking up debt to pay for legal help, our contingency representation lets you move on with your life as we deal with the legal stuff. This is exactly what MKO stands for, “Providing you a path forward in your life, career, and recovering the compensation you deserve.™"
10. Keeping Costs Low To Focus On Your Case
Our clients understand that their representation is are far more important than an expensive address. Some law firms might be battling an extremely burdensome and large cost overhead. In other words, to survive, they may need to be a "factory firm" or "volume practice" that needs to process a vast amount of cases to be able to afford their superfluous costs, expenses, and overhead. We aggressively keep costs down so we can focus on you.
Don't want to be treated like an account number, a settlement figure, or a wheel that needs to be turned to keep the law firm getting paid? We keep our costs low and use this financial freedom for our clients best interests.
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Wrongful Termination & Discrimination Questions
To Ask During Your Free Lawyer Consultation
=What does an employment discrimination lawyer do?
=Do I need an employment lawyer?
=Can a discrimination attorney really help my case, even if I still work there?
=When should I hire an employment discrimination law firm?
=Is discrimination really that common?
=How do you hire a discrimination attorney?
=How do I know when I need an employment lawyer?
=When should I address discrimination at the office?
=What is my discrimination case worth?
=Do I have a discrimination case?
I trusted Mr. Kraemer with a rather difficult period of time for my family, and we came out on top. He is trustworthy and honest, incredibly helpful, and understanding. Five stars aren’t enough! Him and his staff are well experienced, and won’t let up until the truth is known and justice is served. Michael, it’s been a pleasure. I hope I never need your services again! If I do, I will not hesitate to give you a call.
Halfway to wrongful termination help. If you don't get paid, neither do we. All you need to do is call MKO!
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Michael Kraemer was the only lawyer who took my case and would be the only lawyer I’d rely on. He kept me informed and was very intellectual on the whole subject that my case was revolved around. I give Mr. Kraemer a 10 out of 10 and I would refer him and his associates to anyone who wants a well defined lawyer.
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