FAQs

At Yormak Employment & Disability Law, we know there are difficult decisions. We believe it’s important you are fully aware of what we can offer you. We have provided answers to our most frequently asked questions to assist you. If you require any additional information, feel free to give us a call- we’re always pleased to hear from you.

  • What is harassment?

    Harassment is a type of employment discrimination that occurs when an employee is treated so poorly that the law recognizes that his/her terms and conditions of employment have intolerably changed. Poor treatment alone, however, is not illegal. Harassment becomes illegal when the harasser is motivated by an illegal bias related to your sex, race, disability, age, national origin, or other protected characteristic. Sexual harassment often includes unwanted propositions for sex or dates, sexual jokes or innuendo, unwanted touching, derogatory comments about one’s gender, or similar incidents. Harassment does not result simply because your boss lacks “people skills.” There are laws you may not be aware of, federal and state, which may specifically address your situation.

  • How do I decide if I need an attorney?

    At the initial free consultation, we will help you determine what, if any, legal or administrative remedies are available to you, and whether our firm is able to help you with your case. If we cannot provide assistance to you, we will gladly refer you to other attorneys in the area or to a governmental agency that may be able to help.

  • How much will it cost to hire Yormak Employment & Disability Law to represent me?

    Most of the time we take employment and disability cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that our fee is a percentage of the recovery we obtain. If no recovery is made, no fee is owed. You are responsible for the expenses of the lawsuit, but not legal fees. We understand that many of our clients are unemployed and unable to work.

  • How long will it take from the beginning to the end of my legal proceedings?

    There is no easy answer to this question. Each case is unique, and its length will depend on a variety of issues including whether the case can be settled without a trial, how many parties are involved, and how complicated the legal issues are. Once a lawsuit is filed, it takes approximately 18 to 24 months to get to trial, depending on the court, although settlement at any juncture is always possible and something we consider seriously if it is in your interests.

  • Are there time limits on filing a suit on my employment matter, and if so, what are they?

    In cases involving discrimination or harassment, a civil rights complaint (sometimes called a “charge of discrimination”) must be filed against the employer within 180 days of the last discriminatory act. In Florida, you have 300 days against a non-federal employer. This deadline can actually be as short as 30 days in certain cases involving OSHA. There is a two-year statute of limitation in Florida for cases involving some other types of retaliation or wrongful termination of employment.

    It is very difficult or impossible to recover if the applicable time limits have run out. It is important to get good legal advice regarding the time limit that applies to your case and take appropriate action in time to preserve your legal rights. However, you should always consult a lawyer as soon as possible to determine this since in some cases deadlines may be extended.

  • How much is my employment case worth?

    There is simply no foolproof way to predict what a case is worth because of the numerous issues that affect the final outcome. It is difficult to predict precisely what a jury will find on any given day. Damages that our clients commonly recover are medical and counseling expenses, past and future lost wages and employment benefits, as well as damages for emotional distress and physical injuries. Punitive damages are also sometimes awarded. Punitive damages exist not to compensate you for anything, but to punish those who violate the law and to deter others from doing so. At your initial interview, we will advise you of what we believe is recoverable for you.

  • What should I do if I believe my rights have been violated?

    If you think you are being harassed or discriminated against, you should tell everyone you can think of that you want it to stop. This is easier said than done, because you will naturally be worried about retaliation. But employees who simply tolerate harassment may find that the law does not give them a remedy. Reports in writing are best, particularly via e-mail because that will make a record of the dates and times you complained. Complain to your supervisor, your supervisor’s boss, to Human Resources, and to any corporate hot-line. Keep complaining, even if it doesn’t seem to be doing any good. Documenting your complaints will help protect you from retaliation.

    Save evidence, including copies of:

    • Offensive or otherwise relevant emails
    • Gifts, letters, or cards given to you by the harasser
    • Any physical evidence of any kind
    • Photographs of offensive material or other harassment that can be seen visually
    • Notes or diary entries you’ve made about the harassment or discrimination
    • Complaints you’ve made and your employer’s response
    • Documents showing how good you are at your job, such as compliments from a customer or boss

    The best course of action is to ask for legal advice as soon as you feel your rights may have been violated. All communication with our office is confidential, and you can seek help without the knowledge of your employer.

  • How do I retain Yormak Employment & Disability Law to represent me?

    Contact our office if you need representation or advice. We will ask you for some basic information related to your situation. After the information is reviewed, we will meet to discuss how we may be able to help you. We promise to explain to you clearly any fees due before you ever owe us a dime.

Avvo Reviews

I feel that Ben is the best in this field, gave me a free consultation, went over the process, i went in there thinking that i was in a no win situation. He talked to explained to me everything and is doing a great job working through my case. I highly recommend Ben Yormak

Rich Denoncour

Ben finds a path to victory and executes a plan. He gave me a chance to compete at my workplace when no one else would. He communicated fluidly despite a very long process that was out of his control. Mr Yormack is THE reason I could keep my job and grow my career.

Bill

Benjamin H. Yormak handled my case to my satisfaction. Ben is a lawyer you can trust. He kept me informed in “Black & White” terms exactly where we stood in my case. If I have any legal needs in the future I will have no hesitation to call Ben and get him on the case.

Al

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