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.

Deaf workers may experience discrimination in their workplaces

On Behalf of | Nov 2, 2023 | Employment Law |

When you go to work, you have the right to do your job in an environment that is free from mistreatment and other types of harassment. This is true regardless of your gender, age, religious practices and other factors, including hearing impairment. Deaf or hearing impaired employees have rights in the workplace, and they should not experience harassment over their physical limitations or experience discrimination in any form.

As a deaf employee, you may benefit from having an awareness of your rights in the event that you experience discrimination. You do not have to suffer in silence, but you can take steps that will allow you to hold your employer accountable and seek a beneficial outcome to your case. You do not have to navigate these complex matters alone.

What can your employer know about you condition?

If you are hearing impaired, you may wonder what your employer can ask you about your medical condition when applying and during the course of your employment. When an employer asks intrusive or inappropriate questions, it may be considered discrimination on the basis of your hearing. During the interview stage of the employment process, a potential employer cannot ask the following questions:

  • Whether you have had any medical procedures related to your hearing
  • Whether you currently wear hearing aids
  • Whether you have a condition that impacts your hearing

While an employer cannot ask you certain questions about the state of your hearing, he or she does have the right to inquire about your ability to do the job for which you are applying. This may include questions about your ability to communicate well, function in a loud environment and whether you can meet the safety standards associated with the job. Before you accept a job in Hawaii, you are not legally obligated to disclose a current or past disability.

Fighting back against discrimination

If you believe that you are the victim of discriminatory treatment at any point in the employment process, you do not have to remain silent. There are legal options available to you that will allow you to fight back, hold responsible parties accountable and possibly seek appropriate compensation. You may benefit from an explanation of your legal options and the most effective steps for your individual situation.