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.

Workplace discrimination against remote workers

On Behalf of | Dec 18, 2021 | Employment Law |

Working from home is more popular than ever, and for good reasons. After switching from office jobs to remote employment, workers in Hawaii often save on gas for commuting and enjoy greater flexibility in their workspaces. There are some downsides too, including surprisingly high rates of workplace discrimination. 

Shocking survey results 

The State of Workplace Discrimination 2021 report included a survey of full-time employees in the United States. Researchers surveyed workers across all different escorts and employment levels in an effort to understand their frustrations and experiences in the workplace. The results of the survey and additional research were dismal — approximately 80% of remote workers reported having experienced at least some type of discrimination when working from home. The report also found that: 

  • 55% were discriminated against at their most current place of employment 
  • 61% witnessed discrimination at some point in their career 
  • 54% who reported discrimination received a full resolution 
  • 90% prefer to report anonymously 

Much of the information in this study was collected anonymously. This seems to support the conclusion that most people prefer to report discrimination that they have either witnessed or personally experienced in an anonymous manner. Unfortunately, it also highlights how far-reaching discrimination can be, even affecting those who work from home. 

Workplace discrimination is never acceptable, regardless of whether someone works in an office or signs in from a computer at home. The impact of discrimination can follow someone for many years, too, sometimes even throughout the remainder of his or her career. This is why securing compensation for victims is often so important, and in Hawaii this is often accomplished via the careful actions of a workplace discrimination lawsuit.