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.

Discrimination against LGBTQ workers a common problem

On Behalf of | Sep 12, 2021 | Employment Law |

In general, workers in Hawaii want to be able to pursue a chosen career without worrying about repercussions because of their sexual orientation. Workplace discrimination against the LGBTQ community is still widespread, though. Approximately half of all LGBTQ workers report having experienced discrimination at least once throughout their career. 

Lost jobs and opportunities 

According to a report called LGBT People’s Experiences of Workplace Discrimination and Harassment, 9% of LGBTQ workers report having specifically been fired from a job or denied a job opportunity because of their sexual orientation. Another 46% reported have experienced at least some type of discriminatory behavior at work, including being: 

  • Passed over for promotions 
  • Denied wages 
  • Given unfavorable hours 

Widespread harassment 

Both sexual and physical harassment are serious problems for LGBTQ workers. As many as 25% have experienced on the job sexual harassment, including behaviors like unwanted touching and offers of sexual favors. Around 20% of men and women in the community have also suffered physical harassment like being hit and punched while at work. 

Discrimination has no place in the workplace. Unfortunately, some workers in Hawaii still face an uphill battle when it comes to getting fair and equal treatment at work. Those who have been treated in a discriminatory manner may want to consider the potential benefits of pursuing a workplace discrimination lawsuit, such as getting compensation for damages while also influencing potential change in the workplace.