As a vocational expert, I can help sort out the consequences of employment discrimination cases in many ways and from “both sides of the fence”. To me, this phrase means I will be fully instrumental to help serve your client without falling off and hurting the case because I have a full grasp of what I’m on to. To accomplish this goal, I balance your case with your client’s story and use all my instincts and brain power…kinda like a cat!
Cats’ tails serve as a counterbalance when cats walk on narrow spaces, such as fences. However, one of my felines from long ago, (Max 1987 – 2002) was a Manx, henceforth no tail but he was well able to manage cat life with his strong body shape in every way! I asked my vet, and yes, even cats with amputated tails have proven to re-learn how to balance.
Employment discrimination cases need plenty of proof and evidence. Loss of salary, loss of benefits, and lengthy unemployment can be quantified pretty easily. Other issues are more difficult to assert. For example, if there is a claim the loss of job adversely impacts income and questions surface regarding economic realities, I can help with educating the individual on how to engage in a meaningful and productive job search, or I can assess the extent, quality, and reasonableness of a current job search. It is important to keep employer attitudes towards hiring an individual terminated from previous employment in mind.
Further, I can help to determine the impact on earnings potential and perform a vocational assessment and evaluation that provides data such as ~
- the number, types, and wage level of jobs available prior to the discriminatory action
- vocational options following the discrimination or termination
- local job availability and wages and benefits associated with those jobs
I can also help uncover whether or not a good cause for termination of employment existed. That’s why documenting real time employer comments become helpful to sort out the nuances of the case. I’ll take a deep look at a behavior or situation that any reasonable person agrees would warrant discharge. I can help determine the ramifications of ~
- Work performance and productivity
- Violation of work policies and rules
- Endangerment of health and safety*
- Illegal conduct
- Personality/attitude problems
- Poor interaction with subordinates
*If disability is involved in the case, under the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title I of the ADA), I can assess for reasonableness and identify reasonable accommodations. Keep in mind I believe that for every disability there is some form of assistive technology to allow continued employment.
If necessary, I can provide expert testimony to help prove the loss of job was or was not reasonable. Do you have a case where I might help? Give me a call and let’s talk about your case. I hope you’ll find our conversation interesting! And if you like cats, let me know why. And if you don’t like ‘em, I really want to know why!
Cats have other unique advantages besides their beloved/not so loved personalities.
If falling (which doesn’t happen much based on my own personal cat ownership research) a cat’s head twists to inform the brain exactly how to restore alignment in a millisecond and a perfect landing is guaranteed!
If a cat falls from a porous surface, sixteen hooked claws do their work in an instant!
Do I have you more interested in cats or my work as a vocational expert!?!
Felix (2002 – 2015)
I very much miss my Felix. As mostly a cool outdoor cafe’ kitty, you were quite a lover! Felix shared his feline life with me through many a fix (both his and mine).
Keep me (and Felix with his secret bag of tricks) in mind to help in dangerous situations. I definitely can help your case through a litigation fix!
Vocational Resources Plus, LLC * 515-282-7753 * VocResources@gmail.com
My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.