Discrimination Settlement

My friend recently settled on a discrimination/retailiation lawsuite. But she felt she was forced to settle by her attorney. She wasn't completely satisfied with the amount but was under so much strees by her attorney and the company she worked for that she decided to settle. Is there anything (grivance)that she can do at this point? Can she file a complaint against her attorney?
She feels that she has made the wrong decision but now has to live with it. Please send your advice/comments.

2 answers  |  asked Apr 9, 2002 8:03 PM [EST]  |  applies to Texas

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Trey Henderson

I agree with Margie. I wouild like to add that many clients are not happy with employment law settlements. These are very hard cases to win. Last figure I saw was that Plaintiffs have a 14% chance of winning at trial. Often, it is wise to accept a reasonable settlement and move on. Some money is better than none. However, it is possible that something was wrong in your friend's case. Consult another attorney and get a second opinion.

posted by Trey Henderson  |  Apr 9, 2002 9:06 PM [EST]
Margaret A. Harris
Second Opinion Advised

My best guess without looking at the documents is that your friend is stuck with the agreement that she signed. She should, however, get a second opinion. That opinion may reveal that the lawyer did not do right by her -- or that the lawyer's advice was sound. It could go either way, but since she is unhappy now, she should find out for sure or else she will miss sleep worrying about this for a very long time. She needs, however, to talk to someone who practices regularly in the field of employment law to get a well-informed second opinion. Any one of the Houston attorneys identified on this website should be competent to provide that second opinion. And, you are correct that she at least has the right to file a grievance against the lawyer. If she does not know how to do that, she should go the the Texas State Bar's website and get some direction there. I think that site is mytexasbar.com.

Good luck.

posted by Margaret A. Harris  |  Apr 9, 2002 8:36 PM [EST]

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