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I was the victim of a retaliatory discharge by a former employer. is there an advantage in retaining a lawyer before going through the EEOC process or should I go first to the EEOC, obtain a right to sue letter and then retain a lawyer?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Wisconsin

Lawyer's Assistant: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?

At will

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Employment Law
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I’m very sorry to hear about your situation. Generally, under 42 USC 2000e-2, it is unlawful for an employer to take a negative employment action against an employee on the basis of a protected characteristic such as race, age, gender, religion, color, sexual orientation or disability. An employee can go through the EEOC process to have a full investigation done and resolve the matter informally or may bring the process through an administrative hearing with a local hearing officer. Most often, a person can be represented by a lawyer or a representative of their choosing who is familiar with the law and procedure of a discrimination complaint. Because of the lengthy time for investigation, the usually massive amount of documentation, and the probability that the Agency will ask for depositions and send a person through a discovery request, it is usually advisable to find an attorney in advance even before a right to sue letter is issued. One of the hardest things to do sometimes is find a lawyer that you can trust. Google searches are a good place to start, but usually the lawyers who pay the most can get bumped up to be on the first page regardless of their quality. One thing I recommend is going through your state’s lawyer referral service (LRS). The LRS in each state typically requires the attorney to have several years of practice, be free of discipline, and have adequate staffing to assist people. Here is the link for the Wisconsin LRS click here.

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