Chicago Employment Attorneys

Client Counseling in Chicago

Chicago Employment Lawyer

The Law Offices of Fern Trevino offers advice and counseling for Chicago-area executives, professionals and other employees.

An experienced attorney at the firm can assist with workplace concerns such as:

  • How to address an ongoing or difficult work situation with a co-worker or manager;
  • Whether to meet with Human Resources;
  • How to prepare for a meeting with Human Resources;
  • How to respond to a poor performance review;
  • Whether and how to report something inappropriate or illegal that has happened at work; and
  • What to do if you believe your rights are being violated.

You may be wondering, "What are my rights?" "Do I have a claim?" “Should I respond in writing to a written warning or a Performance Improvement Plan?” "Are my facts strong enough to go to court?" "What are the pros and cons of going to court?" "What is the process of going to court—how long does it take and how much does it cost?" “What should I do if I think my employer is about to fire me?” “How can I prepare for a termination meeting?”

A Chicago employment lawyer at the Law Offices of Fern Trevino can answer these and other questions, and will offer sound guidance based on years of experience. The firm handles wrongful termination, all forms of workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, FMLA violations, whistleblower claims and issues involving hostile work environments. The firm also offers guidance on non-compete agreements, non-solicitation contracts and severance agreements. If you are experiencing problems related to compensation, the firm can also guide you on laws that pertain to wages and hours concerns as well as overtime pay.

Client Counseling from a Skilled Employment Attorney

Employees may benefit from client counseling even if it is ultimately determined that the employee has no facts to support a claim, or that the employee’s facts are so weak that it would be inadvisable to take legal action. Just knowing that your facts are not actionable will enable you to put your energy elsewhere, such as focusing on ways to properly respond to a troubling work situation.

The Law Offices of Fern Trevino counsels employees on strategies for moving forward, by, for example, planning for a termination meeting, devising an exit strategy, taking steps to avoid bad references, and preparing for job interviews. Sometimes employees wrongly assume that they have a valid claim when they do not, or they say or do something that compromises their job or legal rights. The firm counsels employees on how to avoid those pitfalls.

Sometimes, it is necessary to report certain matters to a Human Resources representative. However, since one of the primary functions of a Human Resources official is to protect the employer from liability, employees should not assume that an HR official will honor a request for confidentiality. Counseling on what, when and how to report information to HR can be immensely valuable. Employees should never assume that an HR official will keep an employee’s report or complaint confidential. The Law Offices of Fern Trevino provides guidance to employees on when, how and what to report to HR or other managers.

Some employees feel they are not ready to pursue a claim against the employer even though they have facts to support a claim. It is not uncommon for employees, especially strong performers, to assume that if they just work a little harder and /or remain silent, the workplace situation will improve or the problem will resolve. Employees who delay may discover that their claims, though supported by strong facts, are no longer viable because the time limit for filing the claim has passed or because other events have transpired.

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