I was discriminated based on disability/national origin. What I have in my favor is I am familiar with legal frameworks like mixed motive, etc (and in my limited understanding) think the "facts" fit the frameworks. However I have problems with getting representation as follows:
1. EEOC: will dismiss case because of high workload/behavior not being so egregious to follow
2. Lawyers demanding $2k for a demand letter and a percentage of recovery from the demand letter. I do not mind this option except I wont get almost anything (maybe except my job) after paying the lawyer off.
3. Live with indignity
4. Contingent lawyers have refused because the recovery is not worth a lawyers time.
Any suggestions of getting pro bono/contingent work where they keep all the recovery....
You are smart enough to realize that an attorney or two have done a risk reward analysis and deemed it not worth the time. Keep interviewing attorneys. Maybe one will have a different view.
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Keep interviewing attorneys. Straight contingencies are rare. If several attorneys have turned down the case, it may give you an idea of either the strenght of the case, or available damages. You can also file a complaint with the NY Division of Human Rights on your own.
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You do not have to have a lawyer to file with the NYS Division of Human Rights or the NYC Commission on Human Rights, although I strongly recommend you do, if possible. But they will assign you a staff attorney if they determine that the case has merit.
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