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Employment Law Jobs: Defend Employees’ Rights In The Workplace

Employment law jobs come in many shapes and sizes. While our other employment lawyer guest, Mike Maslanka, helps companies manage their workforces, today’s guest Donna Ballman often helps the workers when they feel mismanaged.

As an employee-side employment lawyer, Donna says she prefers working with employees rather than helping companies. She has helped people from corporate executives to copy room clerks. Employment Law involves everything from hiring to firing, so Donna might represent clients in anything from contract negotiations to discrimination cases.

Check out what Donna has to say about these types of lawyers to see if the path makes a good fit for you.
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Today’s Guest

Employment Lawyer Donna BallmanEmployment Lawyer (Employee-side) Donna Ballman
Title: President, Donna M. Ballman, P.A.
City: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Law School: Univ. of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, FL
College: Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA
Other Careers: Donna is the author of several books including Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired (buying via this link supports JDCOT) and blogs on employment law at her award-winning blog, Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home.
Twitter: @EmployeeAtty
Videos: Employee Law & Donna’s Career Advice

Employment Law Careers

As an employment lawyer representing employees, Donna Ballman runs her own firm. If you’re interested in representing employees, you won’t typically find employment law jobs in a BigLaw firm – you’ll instead be looking at smaller work environments like Donna’s.

In the full interview, Donna shares what her practice looks like – from client development to litigation to running her office. She also talks about how you can break into employment law. Find out if this is one of the legal careers that interests you by watching Donna’s full interview.

DONNA BALLMAN’S BOOK

Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting FiredStand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit, Get Axed or Sue the Bastards

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TRANSCRIPT PREVIEW

This is a preview of the transcript for the video on representing employees.

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Luber: Hey everyone – today on JD Careers Out There, we’re looking at careers in labor & employment law. Employment law jobs come in many shapes and sizes – so we’re gonna focus on just one of those today – we’re gonna explore being a lawyer who represents employees. We’re got a great guest to talk to us about this, so stick around!

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Alright, as you may already know, at JDCOT we explore career paths you could do with a law degree both in and out of law. We do that to help you find a career that fits you and help you excel.

I’m your host Marc Luber, the founder of JDCOT. I’ve always used my law degree to work in alternative careers for lawyers – first in the music industry and then as a legal recruiter. I’ve been helping lawyers with their careers since 2003 and I’m excited for the opportunity to help you.

Today our guest is employment lawyer Donna Ballman, who’s got her own practice in Davie, Florida, near Fort Lauderdale, where she represents employees, not employers.

Donna writes for AOL Jobs and sometimes the Huffington Post and she has an award winning blog on employment issues called Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home. She’s also an author; her latest book is Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired, Resolve Workplace Conflicts Before You Quit, Get Axed or Sue the Bastards.

Donna’s going to tell us all about practicing employment law so let’s get started. Donna, welcome to JDCOT.

Donna: Thank you for having me.

Luber: Donna, I’m going to ask you to tell us all about being an employment lawyer and then we’re going to dig in deeper, we’re going to get into a typical day, who makes the right fit for this kind of a path, how to break in and how to succeed. But first, let’s learn about your practice and tell us what you do as an employment attorney.

Donna: I do employee side employment law only. So that involves representing everybody from the janitor to the CEO when they have employment law issues. Things like negotiating severance agreements, new employment agreements, discrimination issues, non-compete issues, trade secret disputes, anything relating to employment law from the employee side.

Luber: So then how does someone know to come to you? When do they say, “You know what, I need an employment lawyer representing me right now?”

Donna: Well, usually they come to me when they’ve been fired. And I actually wrote a book called Standup For Yourself Without Getting Fired. Here it is.

Luber: Yeah, hold it up. I mentioned it in the intro.

Donna: So there it is. My publisher will be proud. The book is to try to help people because usually when they come to me, I get about three hundred emails a day and most of them have been fired or they’ve done something really dumb that is going get them fired and I thought, “Well how can I help people try to not get fired or help them before they come to me?”

So the idea of the book is to help them with the crisis scenarios that go from job applications and interviews, all the way up to post-employment, trying to help them deal with their situations, give them some examples of possible crises that may come up and some ideas of possible steps they could take and what may happen if they do take those steps and just give them some advice before they come to me.

But people find out that they need an employment lawyer, a lot of times they figure it out when they’re handed an agreement that says “you should consult with an attorney before you sign this”. Sometimes severance agreements will say that.

Sometimes they will talk with their co-workers or friends or neighbors and they say, “Oh gee, you may have a claim. You should talk to an employment lawyer.”

Luber: Interesting. So much more to talk about. In the full interview, you’ll all hear Donna talk more about employment law jobs – particularly what it’s like to work on the employee side, a typical day, who makes the right fit for this path, how pay works, how to break in and how to succeed.

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Thanks again for watching everybody. I’m Marc Luber and I’ll see ya soon.

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