Frequently Asked Questions
Should I go to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) before hiring a lawyer?
The important thing to consider for filing employment discrimination claims are the deadlines. The deadline on most employment discrimination claims is 180 days under Texas law and 300 days under federal law. If the deadline is near, the most important thing is to make sure the charge is timely filed even if you have not yet hired an attorney. Typically, when there is not a concern for a fast approaching deadline, we handle the filing of EEOC claims for our clients and do not recommend that potential clients file with the EEOC without getting representation first. Mistakes could be made in the filing of the claim that could later adversely affect your case.
What should I expect at an initial consultation?
Typically we set aside an hour to an hour and a half for your initial consultation. We ask you to bring any documents you now have that you think will help us understand what has happened. These things can include paycheck stubs (most recent preferred), any employee manuals, policies and/or procedure manuals if you now have them, any termination papers, and any other documents that relate to your situation. By the end of the consultation, Mr. Lovelace should be able to tell you what your rights are and what your options are for pursuing your matter.
What is your typical fee arrangement for employment cases?
It depends. We often work with you under a retainer agreement. Sometimes a retainer followed by a contingency agreement can be used. After hearing and evaluating the facts of your case, we will decide the best route for both you and us.
What is a "personal injury" case?
A "personal injury" case arises whenever you are injured by the carelessness of another person. The most common types involve traffic crashes, defective products, and incidents on the premises of a business owner.