Just a short note, and a link to a shocking case, driving home a point I regularly make to employers and employees alike: When it comes to employment law representation, make sure you choose a lawyer that has experience handling employment law cases! It may sound like an obvious point, but you would be surprised how many times litigants select lawyers based on referrals, or advertising, without regard to the attorney’s actual expertise in the relevant practice area. Attorneys that lack employment law experience should know better than to take such cases alone. However, in the end, the client should perform their due diligence prior to retaining a lawyer, much the same as they should for any other important purchase. After all, in the end, its their interests that are at stake.
In Sambrano v. Mabus, an employment case involving claims of race, sex, national origin, age, and disability discrimination, the district court dismissed the case for want of prosecution. Plaintiff’s counsel appealed, causing the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to write a scathing critique of plaintiff’s counsel, and opine that if the plaintiff had any cognizable legal claims, they were “massacred” by her attorney. The Court wrote that her attorney’s legal brief was “almost unintelligible” and “wretched”, and that the appeal was frivilous. In addition, the Court is now seeking monetary sanctions, and a possible censure, suspension, or disbarment of the attorney, for what it summarized as his “sorry performance” in the case.
Given how challenging employment cases are to begin with, selecting competent and experienced counsel is of paramount importance in protecting your rights. Shop around for experienced employment counsel to at least give yourself a fighting chance in your case. With the experience and expertise of a large law firm, and the flexibility and lower costs of a small law firm, Reid Kelly, P.C. is committed to ensuring that small companies, not-for-profits, and individuals, have access to competent representation in labor, employment, and immigration law matters at rates that are reasonable and affordable. For more information, call us at (718) 412-8452.
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