Most of our prospective clients require employment lawsuits to rectify or at least address adverse employment actions. Such adverse employment actions are usually termination, demotion, denial of promotion, severe or pervasive harassment based on an illegal factor (e.g. race, gender, etc.) or other employment actions that have a long-lasting, significant economic impact on the employee.
We offer contingent fee agreements for these categories of cases. That is, no fee is owed until we obtain a settlement or judgment for the client. Note, however, that the Michigan Supreme Court requires clients to be ultimately responsible for their own costs (e.g. non-attorney fee expenses such as court filing fees).
You can also retain us on an hourly fee basis. The following is our rate schedule:
James K. Fett $400/hour
Lawrence A. Fields $250/hour
Joshua R. Fields $200/hour
Cases Involving Less Severe Financial or Emotional Losses
Many clients contact us regarding less severe problems such as a poor evaluation, bad references, review of severance agreements, advice regarding non-compete agreements, denial of raises or employee benefits or other adverse employment actions which, although serious, do not rise to the level of termination, demotion or harassment based on an illegal factor, e.g. sex harassment, race harassment, etc.
For this category of cases we charge a reduced hourly rate depending on the circumstances, including the nature of the desired services, the urgency of the matter and the press of other business. Usually we require a modest retainer to do such work.