If you have an employment issue, you should contact an attorney, as the law and its requirements for filing a case, depending on the type of employment case, include filing with a specific agency prior to filing a lawsuit in federal court. The federal court allows an individual to file a case himself, but you must follow its rules of procedure, or your case could be dismissed.
Employment law is often complicated, especially when more than one issue is involved, such as the firing of an older employee who did not receive all of her final pay. Not only will the Department of Labor become involved because of the non-payment of wages issues, but there could potentially be an age discrimination issue.
Another issue is the Family Medical and Leave Act. Certain employers are required to comply with the act, while most small businesses do not have to comply. Compliance depends on the number of employees a business has, among other things.
Discrimination in the workplace comes in many forms, including sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, race and/or creed discrimination and age discrimination. All of these are covered under federal law, and the conditions of your case must meet certain requirements as defined by Federal Statute and case-law, or your case will be dismissed.
Retaining an experienced discrimination attorney is the best way to save money in the long run. The attorney will be able to tell you whether you have a case, and if you do, if it is a strong case or one that is difficult to litigate.