Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in employment. Men as well as women can be targets of sex discrimination. You have a right to be treated fairly in all aspects of your employment, including job assignment, promotion, discipline, training, testing, layoff, and benefits.
If you have been treated unfairly in the workplace and you believe it is based on your gender, you don't have to accept the situation. Talk with a Belvidere sex discrimination attorney so he or she can advise you on your rights and the steps you can take to protect them.
In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.
An attorney consultation should provide you with enough information so that you can make an informed decision on whether to proceed with legal help.
A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:
Depending on your specific legal situation, it's possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.
Personal jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority over a person, in order to bind that person to the judgment of the court, based on minimum contacts. International Shoe Co v. Washington is a landmark Supreme Court case outlining the scope of a state court's reach in personal jurisdiction.