Should You Consult an Attorney?
We asked ourselves that question when we evaluated our own case of harassment. We are not attorneys. So when it came time for us to consider hiring an attorney we were surprised when we were met with a complete lack of transparency. As a result, we had unrealistic expectations going in and we had to learn tough lessons the hard way. We want to share these with you so you don’t make the same mistakes we made.
There are a lot of attorneys advertising in the harassment and discrimination arena. And they say they can help you win your case. But winning a case may mean something different to you than to your attorney.
So when should you consider consulting an attorney? How do you find the right attorney? How much will it cost? What can you realistically expect your attorney to do on your behalf?
Assess Benefits and Risks
Best Time to Consult an Attorney
Determine How Much You Can Spend
So, you’ve decided to consult an attorney. There are pitfalls when hiring an attorney – misaligned expectations, and a lack of transparency around costs, the process, and the time it takes to resolve your case.
Reality Check: The process takes time. Your attorney is not there to hold your hand. You are one of many clients. If you don’t like your attorney, it is very expensive to change attorneys without a severe penalty. Find the right attorney from the start, which will take work and due diligence on your par
Determine Your Goals
Understand Roles and Responsibilities
Interview Three Attorneys
Negotiate Your Contract
Work with Your Attorney
If Your Case is Not Resolved
Your attorney may be unable to negotiate a settlement with your company to your satisfaction.
If you find yourself at this crossroad, you have a few more options:
- You can find a new attorney to take up your case for settlement
- You can file a complaint with the EEOC if you still fall within filing deadlines [see more information HERE]; you can represent yourself or you can have your attorney represent you in this process
- You can drop your complaint