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I am sorry to read about your difficulties. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you how specifically to write your demand letter. This would be considered giving you legal advice in violation of the site's terms of service. Nevertheless, a good demand letter would persuade the employer that you have a good case and that the chances of you prevailing in Court are quite great and thus the employer should offer you a reasonable settlement without going to Court. So, the demand letter must describe your claims and the reasons that you think that you ultimately prevail. Click here for sample demand letter.
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Yes. Also, you have to add litigation costs including filing fees and Attorney fees.
The Attorney's fee. Most Attorneys would not accept to litigate the case for less than $15,000.00 even if the Attorneys are going to be awarded Attorneys' fee. The Attorneys want to be guaranteed a minimum fee. With EEOC complaint, the fee for Attorneys is $0.00 to about $3,000.00. So, a big difference in the fees that the Attorneys can get.
That is not always the case. The percentage of the Attorney's fee would depend on the agreement between the employee and the Attorney. Generally, contingency fee is at 331/3 %.