You may want to find out more about each attorney and see if he or she handles your type of problem before calling him or her about the specific details of your case. You can do this by looking at the online listings for this attorney. Does the attorney or firm have a website? Are they listed in any of the common legal references
Once you are sure that the attorney has experience in the area of law you need help in, call his or her office. Many employment attorneys offer an initial phone conference, sometimes for free. This is because the area of employment law is so big that the attorney needs to find out if he or she can even help you. Most employment attorneys only deal with a tiny piece of the vast arena of employment law, which is good for their clients because they build up expertise in that area, but it means that you will probably need to speak to several attorneys to find one to precisely fit your case. In that initial phone call you will be able to determine if this attorney can assist you. If you cannot speak with the attorney directly, do not hesitate to ask the office staff if that law office handles your type of case.
At an initial telephone screening the attorney will probably ask you a lot of questions about your case. The attorney wants to see if you are within the proper time limits to proceed with the case, if you are in the right area of law, and if the case is something that the attorney can help you with. Most attorneys will explain billing, time limits, and law firm policies. If the attorney can help you, and if you think this is the person you want to represent you, the next step may be a face-to-face meeting, or if time limits are tight, you may be able to do a lot of the work via phone, fax, and email.
Your attorney will probably want to see several documents regarding your employment. Generally, if the client has been terminated or disciplined, the attorney will want a copy of those documents. If the client is having problems obtaining unemployment benefits, the attorney will want copies of all documents from the state office that issues unemployment benefits. You may also be asked for any evidence of discrimination, a list of potential witnesses to that discrimination, copies of performance reviews, or any other documents issued by the employer or agency. For safekeeping it is usually better to provide the attorney a copy of any original document or just fax a copy of the original to the attorney.