Rich Cassidy Law represents employees in employment law matters. Its lawyers have counseled more than a thousand employees.
The law is not favorable to most employees. We live in an employment-at-will nation, where unless the employee has an explicit contract (few do), an employer can fire an employee at any time and for any reason.
There are many exceptions to this rule and representing employees in employment cases means finding the applicable exceptions and using them. The laws that prohibit discrimination, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Vermont Fair Employment Practices Act, require that workplace be free of discrimination (and harassment) based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, place of birth, or age or against a qualified individual with a disability. As such they provide the most protection. But there are many other exceptions to the at-will doctrine. If not effectively disclaimed, many employers have limited their own discretion in employment handbooks.
A partial list of other leading sources of employee rights includes:
Many employees need legal advice in order to understand their legal rights and obligations. Rich Cassidy Law regularly advises employees about their confidentially obligations, duties of loyalty, workplace investigations, and proposed or existing agreements including employment contracts, covenants not to compete, and severance agreements. The firm also provides absolutely confidential coaching for employees in difficult ongoing employment relationships.
In many instances, Rich Cassidy Law negotiates or advises on employment contracts, employee severance packages and golden parachutes. The firm also represents employees in disputes relating to non-competition and confidentiality agreements.
It typically takes approximately two hours to evaluate an employment problem and formulate a plan for remediating it.
Rich Cassidy Law does not evaluate employment cases without charge. There are simply too many such cases and they are too complex to do on that basis. The firm does provide these services under a Limited Scope Representation Agreement for a minimum fee of $600. If required, additional time is available at $300 an hour and related research work is at $150 an hour.
Few employees have the financial resources to take on full scale employment litigation on an hourly basis. After evaluation, Rich Cassidy Law takes on strong employment cases with significant damages on a contingent fee basis or occasionally at a reduced hourly rate with a success fee.
Many statutory employment claims allow our clients to recover their attorney’s fees from their employers.
Employees should not communicate with Rich Cassidy Law through an employer provided email account, as this may waive the employee’s attorney/client privilege. Call instead for a face to face or skype conference.
Contact Rich Cassidy Law today to set up an appointment to discuss your employment law questions and learn more about how we can help you. We are available during regular business hours and by appointment at other times. You can reach us by phone at (802) 335-2794 or via a private e-mail account.
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Rich Cassidy Law
1233 Shelburne Road
South Burlington, VT 05403