How do I Choose the Best Sexual Harassment Lawyer?

Norma Jean Howland
Norma Jean Howland
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If you are thinking about filing a sexual harassment lawsuit, choosing a sexual harassment lawyer can be an important decision. In order to have a positive outcome for your case, you may want an attorney that specializes in this type of law and has experience dealing with sexual harassment cases. Ask friends and associates for referrals, and interview attorneys to find a good fit — a lawyer you are comfortable with, who has a track record of winning. A good sexual harassment lawyer will be supportive, ask questions, investigate your story, and be honest about the chances of winning your case. An attorney should be willing to offer general information about similar lawsuits: whether they settled out of court, how long the process took, and how much money was awarded.

Taking the first step of filing a sexual harassment complaint is often difficult, but having a supportive attorney may make the process easier. Although sometimes lawyers tend to see these lawsuits as business transactions, overlooking the emotional toll sexual harassment can take, there are attorneys who will support and guide you through the process. That is why it may be crucial to find counsel you trust and feel comfortable with. Since you most likely will have to tell and retell your story, having an understanding sexual harassment lawyer can make all the difference when it comes to weathering a long, drawn out, trial.

When contemplating filing a lawsuit, an experienced sexual harassment lawyer will make sure you follow proper procedures. From the very start of a sexual harassment lawsuit, your lawyer should be available to advise you on what to expect and what steps to take, especially if you are still employed where the harassment took place. Your lawyer may also recommend sexual harassment resources to help you with the process, referring you to agencies that may offer counseling to help you through the ordeal.

Remember, if you are awarded compensation, your lawyer will receive part of that money, so you want a sexual harassment lawyer who will work hard for you. You may have difficult times ahead, and the ability of your attorney to help you handle emotional testimony may directly affect the outcome of your case. Since legal terminology can be overwhelming, your lawyer should explain what is going on every step of the way. You should not be left in the dark about any part of the process, whether you are settling out of court or going to trial.

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