Introduction to Employment Law For Paralegals
Introduction to Employment Law For Paralegals

Introduction to Employment Law For Paralegals

Cases can be lost in court over a lack of clarity over the true reason for job loss. Clients are usually too emotional when they seek a lawyer in taking their case. If the person has been fired, then it is harder to pull out the truth, due to client anger and hostility. Therefore, it is very crucial for the paralegal to do a background check with the employer in question. The paralegal’s job is to find out exactly the cause of the client’s job loss. This can often be accomplished by talking to the employer directly or by way of asking other people who know the client and the situation that has just occurred. For the sake of this article, let’s say that the employee has been recently fired.

The second step then, is to prepare for court representation of the client. A good paralegal works hard to assist the law firm on the facts of the case. He or she determines in advance whether there was just cause for the termination that has taken place. If the client was actually fired, then it would be the lawyer’s job to determine his client’s side in the case. The paralegal’s job is to do more discoveries.

Were there bad work conditions or possible harassment by a supervisor or co-worker? Often times a good lawyer can come out winning a case where someone has been fired. If the lawyer can prove cause for bad behaviour at work or prove too many absences from work because of harassment in fact, then his client stands a chance of being vindicated.

Employment law doesn’t stop here. Lay-offs happen every day; people quit or resign for reasons that may or may not need legal help. Keep in mind, the law firm’s job first and foremost is to represent the individual, especially when there has been unfairness in the work place. Employers often don’t know about the employee side of the matter and benefit from the research paralegals do. This can prevent a court date resulting in out of court settlements. Less time in court helps the lawyer focus more on improving his services to the client.

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