A lot of people ask me about why I charge a Consultation Fee of $300. Employment Law is different from other areas of the law. For example, with a traffic accident case, a lawsuit can be filed shortly after the accident. So a number of attorneys provide free consultations to individuals because a decision on filing a lawsuit can be made shortly after.

For people with Employment Law issues, the situation is a lot more complicated. Employment law requires employees and former employees to follow a “process” or protocol in order to address their issues. The purpose of meeting with me is to find out where you are in that required process and what options you may have.

The consultation fee is to make sure that only people who are serious about pursuing a path that may result in a lawsuit meet with me. The fee is also based on my years of training and experience to help guide you to the next steps. You are getting the benefit of my real world experience in employment law and other areas of the law. That is why a Consultation Fee is required.

Autism discrimination at work

On Behalf of | Aug 29, 2021 | Employment Law |

Despite growing awareness of autism and many of its associated symptoms, men and women with autism still experience high rates of workplace discrimination. Autism discrimination often stems from a lack of understanding on the employer’s side. This is not a justification for discriminatory actions, though, as it is an employer’s responsibility to be aware of workers’ disabilities and to provide reasonable accommodations when possible. 

What is autism discrimination? 

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines discrimination as the different or less favorable treatment of someone for a specific reason, including because of a disability. Autism — also known as autism spectrum disorder — is a developmental condition that is also considered a disability. When an employer treats a worker with autism less favorably, he or she is committing autism discrimination. 

Challenges in the workplace 

Some of the symptoms of autism can make work difficult for adults with autism. For example, a worker might struggle to engage in everyday conversations with co-workers or maintain eye contact with customers. Workers with autism might also struggle to identify the signs of discrimination or feel incapable of taking action when they do realize what is going on. Men and women who experience some of the following symptoms of autism also frequently experience high levels of discrimination: 

  • Hand flapping 
  • Use of strange speech patterns 
  • Need for a predictable routine 
  • Sensory overload 

Workers with autism are protected by the Americans with Disability Act. Unfortunately, many employers still regularly engage in autism discrimination, making it difficult for workers with autism to find and maintain gainful employment. Those who have been mistreated during the hiring process or while at work may be able to secure compensation for their damages, though. In Hawaii, this is most often accomplished through the careful actions of a workplace discrimination lawsuit.