I doubt a lawyer will take this on contingency.
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It doesn't sound like you have a case, unless, it is for breach of the Union Contract, and it seems unlikely that the case will entice an attorney to take it on a contingency basis.
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Before you run out of time focus on whether you were subject to unlawful discrimination and retaliation for complaining about unlawful discrimination. If such is the case, then file a complaint with the EEOC or the State Div. of Human Rights . An attorney is more likely to take a look at your case -if any- while its pending before the mentioned administrative agencies.
Your union was supposed to investigate this matter and determine whether they were going to represent you against the employer and get your job back. This seems like it was not done. You now have to consult with a lawyer for action against your union. As for your employer, there may be a cause of action regarding the circumstances that led to your firing. For these reasons, you must contact a lawyer ASAP.
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