“No Fee EEOC Lawyers on Contingency at MKO Employment Law LLC”

When facing workplace discrimination, partnering with a contingency-based attorney for filing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a strategic decision. The EEOC, a federal agency investigating claims of discrimination based on sex, gender, age, disability, religion, and more, recognizes the seriousness of litigants who engage contingency attorneys. It sends a clear message to employers, their defense attorneys, and the EEOC itself: you are committed and your case is strong.

Understanding the Impact of Attorney Representation

Title VII, unlike most statutes, allows a district court to award attorneys’ fees, which are forfeited if you proceed without counsel. This fact alone can significantly impact the value of any settlement outside of trial, as attorney costs become a non-negotiable part of the equation. Without an EEOC lawyer, your position in negotiations or litigation weakens substantially. Employers and their legal teams often interpret the lack of legal representation as a signal that your case may be weak or of nominal value, reducing the likelihood of serious settlement negotiations.

The Complexities of Filing with the EEOC

Navigating the EEOC’s procedures can be daunting and time-intensive, often extending beyond ten months. The contingency attorneys at MKO Employment Law are adept at guiding clients smoothly through these processes. As a dedicated boutique employment law firm, we channel all our efforts into protecting employee rights, working primarily on a contingency basis to establish a true partnership with our clients.

How Does Contingency Legal Billing Work?

Traditional civil litigation often requires hefty retainers and continuous billing that can span years. MKO Employment Law adopts a contingent billing approach, aligning our success with yours. You incur legal fees only if there’s a recovery in your case. This method eliminates the need for borrowing money or making installment payments, with typical fees being 40% of any recovery.

The Advantages of a Contingency Attorney

While drafting your EEOC Charge independently is possible, professional legal counsel ensures your charge is accurately drafted and filed timely. Inefficiently filed claims risk premature dismissal. Hourly billing can quickly escalate, making contingency-based representation a more viable option. Contingency lawyers are motivated to effectively and efficiently handle your claims and assist in the investigation, as their compensation is directly linked to their performance.

In contrast, employers often have legal teams billed hourly, incentivized to prolong and complicate proceedings to increase costs. MKO’s attorneys are well-versed in counteracting such tactics, ensuring a balanced playing field. Whether your case proceeds to mediation or litigation, our team is committed to advocating for your best interests on a contingency fee basis.


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  1. Learned Navigation Through EEOC Processes: Our attorneys specialize in guiding clients through the complex EEOC filing and investigation process.
  2. Strong Representation in Mediation and Litigation: Whether your case is resolved through mediation or proceeds to court, we provide unwavering support.
  3. Leveling the Legal Playing Field: We counterbalance the power and resources of employers and their legal teams.
  4. No Upfront Costs: Our contingency fee structure means no financial burden on you upfront.
  5. Aligned Interests for Success: We only succeed when you do, ensuring our goals are directly aligned with your best outcome.
  6. Comprehensive Case Evaluation: We offer a thorough assessment of your case to determine the best course of action.
  7. Tailored Legal Strategies: Each case is unique, and we develop strategies that are customized to your specific situation.
  8. Protection Against Employer Intimidation Tactics: Our experienced attorneys know how to handle and respond to employer strategies aimed at weakening your case.
  9. Accessibility and Support: We are available seven days a week to provide legal assistance and answer your questions.
  10. Confidential and Free Initial Consultation: Start with a no-obligation conversation to explore your legal options and understand the potential of your case.

No Financial Risk, Full Legal Support

Our no upfront cost policy ensures that seeking justice is not hindered by financial constraints. We believe in making legal support accessible and stress-free. With MKO Employment Law LLC, you have the assurance of skilled legal representation without the burden of immediate financial strain. By choosing us, you are not just hiring a legal representative; you are gaining an advocate who is invested in your success and determined to see justice served. Our success is directly linked to yours, creating a partnership founded on mutual trust and a shared goal of achieving the best possible outcome.

Taking the First Step: A Partnership Begins with a Conversation

The journey to justice begins with a conversation. We invite you to reach out for a free, confidential consultation where we will listen to your story, evaluate your case, and provide clear guidance on the next steps. Our availability from 7 am to 7 pm on weekdays and 8 am to 3 pm on weekends is a testament to our commitment to being there for you, whenever you need us.

Attorney Email

Email MKO or Call 412-301-2700. No State or Federal Employees & Only Pennsylvania Cases.

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 Compensation You Deserve

  1. Back Pay: This is the amount of money you would have earned from the date of your unlawful termination or adverse employment action up to the present (or settlement date). It includes salaries, wages, bonuses, and other earnings.
  2. Future Lost Earnings: If your unlawful termination or adverse action has long-term effects on your ability to earn at the same level, you may be entitled to compensation for future earnings that you are now likely to lose.
  3. Emotional Distress: Often referred to as ‘pain and suffering,’ this covers compensation for mental anguish and emotional trauma caused by the employer’s unlawful actions. It acknowledges that not all injuries are physical and that emotional harm can have significant impacts.
  4. Pain and Suffering: Similar to emotional distress, this addresses the physical and emotional pain resulting from the employer’s actions. It can include compensation for physical ailments, mental health issues, stress, and the overall impact on your quality of life.
  5. Compensatory Damages: These are intended to reimburse you for out-of-pocket expenses and other costs directly related to the violation, such as medical expenses, therapy costs, job search expenses, and any other measurable financial losses.
  6. Liquidated Damages: In some cases, particularly those involving wage violations (like unpaid overtime), liquidated damages may be awarded. These are essentially a form of punitive damages, often calculated as double the amount of back pay owed.
  7. Punitive Damages: These are awarded in cases of particularly egregious or malicious conduct by the employer. Punitive damages are intended to punish the employer for their actions and to deter similar conduct in the future.
  8. Attorney’s Fees and Costs: In many employment law cases, if you win, you can also recover the costs of your legal representation, including attorney’s fees, filing fees, and other litigation expenses.


“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 mobileSMS & textingbusiness 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. 

M-F 7am-7pm
Sat/Sun 8am-3pm

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 overheadWe 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.

Bob B.


Halfway to wrongful termination help. If you don't get paid, neither do we. All you need to do is call MKO!

Employment Law Ready✔ ™

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.

Andrew L.

Wrongful Termination

We help people fired, or soon to be fired, when they have been treated unfairly, illegally, or unjustly.

Employment Discrimination

Race, religion, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), orientation, disability.

Professional Exit Strategies

Remove yourself from a toxic workplace or help with a job loss. Lawyers give you an exit strategy.

Medical Accommodations

Employees needing physical or mental health/wellness accommodations are protected.

Disability Discrimination

Many health conditions can be considered disabilities and are  legally protected including retaliation.  

EEOC or PHRC Agencies

Aggressive lawyering in the state and federal agencies can mean quick, quiet, and lucrative resolutions.

Age Discrimination

For those over 40 years old (but older is preferred) that experience bias based on your age.

Sexual Harassment

A range of actions from mild transgressions to sexual abuse or sexual assault. A highly serious offense.

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