Age Discrimination Determination, finding an attorney

I received a Determination from EEOC for age discrimination against a large corporation. EEOC is not pursuing the claim and has issued a Right to Sue letter but I am having difficulty finding an attorney to take the case on a contingency basis. Is it possible to find a contingent fee attorney? I have supporting documents and reports to back up the discrimination claim.

1 answer  |  asked Apr 17, 2009 01:53 AM [EST]  |  applies to Arizona

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Francis Fanning
Contingent fees are rare in discrimination cases

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to find an experienced employment attorney who will take a discrimination case on a straight contingent fee. Age Discrimination cases are especially unattractive as contingent fee cases because the recoverable damages are more limited than in other kinds of discrimination cases. You will probably have to pay a fee for an initial consultation to determine if you even have a winnable case. I charge $200.00 for an initial consultation. I believe that is at the lower end of the range employment attorneys charge for initial consultations. These fees are necessary because it is impossible to properly evaluate an employment case in half an hour. My consultations generally last from 90 minutes to 3 hours depending on the facts. I sometimes take cases on a reduced hourly fee plus contingent fee basis, another option that is common in this area of the law. But I don't decide what fee to charge until I have fully reviewed the facts of the case.
The EEOC has a list of attorneys who handle discrimination cases. You may want to get that list and call several attorneys to see if anyone is willing to take the case on a contingent fee.

posted by Francis Fanning  |  Apr 17, 2009 5:42 PM [EST]

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