How to Find an Employment Lawyer to Help with Pregnancy Discrimination

In 2011, pregnant with my first child, I suddenly found myself completely shut out by the Wall Street investment bank I worked for.  When I Googled “employment lawyer NYC,” I found shady characters with big, blinking CALL NOW buttons emblazoned on their websites.  They looked like the employment law equivalent of ambulance chasers -- and definitively not who I would want representing me to the Swiss investment bank I worked for.  Ultimately, when push came to shove and I was looking at arbitration, I found someone through a family friend, but that was more than six months after the whole ordeal started.  If I’d had a good attorney to advise me early on, I could have seen an entirely different outcome.

Initiating conversations with a lawyer does not mean you’re escalating the conflict: you can get advice from a lawyer without your employer ever knowing you’ve retained someone.  I know it can feel scary to acknowledge (even just to yourself!) that you may want to consider legal action, but getting a professional opinion early on can help insulate your reputation and your paycheck.

If you don’t have a personal recommendation, these organizations can help you find a local attorney with expertise in pregnancy discrimination.




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