What to Do After Your Free Employment Case Consultation


What to Do After Your Free Employment Case Consultation

By Curtis E. Allen, Esq.

Typically, when someone seeks to hire an attorney, the process starts with an initial email or short phone call with an attorney. During that exchange, if the attorney believes the case is worth investigating, the attorney will likely want to evaluate the strength of the case by looking at some of the evidence.


So after the initial 15 minute free consultation, an attorney will generally ask a prospective client to gather and prepare the following documents needed to properly evaluate an employment case.


1.  Prepare a chronology of events (in an electronic format). The chronology should include as best as you can recall all incidents of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and other negative work-actions. It is also important to include what you did to complain about each incident, and what the company’s response was (if any).  Your chronology should certainly include incidents directed toward you in particular and incidents directed toward others that you witnessed or found out about.


2.  Gather all documents you have at home that relate to the job. This can include company handbooks, contracts, agreements, copies of reviews, calendar notes, diary notes, scraps of paper on which you wrote things down, notebooks, and emails you forwarded to your personal account.


3. Create a wage loss summary, and gather the documentary evidence of wage loss (ie loss of overtime, regular time, raises, bonuses, etc…), which might include year-end W-2 forms, time sheets, and/or pay stubs.


4. Gather any document in your immediate possession which reflects a diagnosis from a treating mental health care provider if you believe you suffered emotional distress damages based on your work situation (Do not request information from your doctor’s office at this point).


5.  Review your texts and social media, then prepare an estimate of how much you communicated about work, and the nature of those messages, to others on personal phones, email, and social media.


6. Obtain a copy of your personnel file personnel file. You may want to hold-off on seeking this last item if you are still employed until specifically requested by your attorney.


After an initial phone consultation, I generally ask for all of the above when I believe a potential client may have a case worth pursuing.  If you believe you’ve suffered employment discrimination, or retaliation for opposing discrimination, contact me today to get started with a free consultation.