Why there is a Consultation Fee:

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.

Employment issues in Hawaii

On Behalf of | Jan 21, 2022 | Employment Law |

Workers often feel as if they are powerless to make any real changes to their working environment. Like many other workers in Hawaii, it may seem like your situation is simply at the whim of your employer. However, you probably have more rights than you realize, including the ability to tackle employment issues head on. 

Common problems in the workplace 

No workplace is perfect. There is a difference between an imperfect workplace and one that is rife with problems, though. For example, common issues that workers must deal with in problematic workplaces include: 

  • Discrimination based on gender, race, religion or other protected groups. 
  • Sexual harassment from co-workers, supervisors or others. 
  • Wage and hour violations, which may include missing overtime pay or denied breaks. 
  • Misclassification, such as an employer wrongly classifying you as a contractor to avoid providing certain benefits. 

You deserve much better than dealing with discrimination, harassment or other employment issues while simply trying to earn a living. Unfortunately, there are many employers in Hawaii who willfully ignore these issues. For these employers, profits are often more important than people.  

Whether you initially felt like you found the perfect workplace or struggled from the very beginning, you should not have to put up with a terrible work environment. This is far from a hopeless situation, as you have several options for addressing employment issues. You can even seek compensation for any damages you have suffered while also affecting real change in the workplace, which you can learn more about right here on our website.