First, take the time to organize and summarize
your story. If you only have one hour to discuss your case
during your consultation, you need to make sure you know what
you want to tell your lawyer and what questions you want answered.
It is helpful if you write down a chronology or time line.
Jot down important dates and facts: When were you hired? Who
hired you? If you were sexually harassed, when did the harassment
start? What are the particular facts you believe support your
claim? Were you touched inappropriately? By whom? When? Do
you have any non-managerial witnesses Kelly could talk with
prior to proceeding on your behalf? Was your pay decreased?
When? What has your salary and performance history been? What
deadlines do you face?
Second, collect documents in your possession
that may have useful information. Be sure to include any employee
handbook that you received, any letters between you and your
employer, any written warnings, any emails that you sent or
received. Do not, however, take any documents from your employer.
Again, don’t forget to bring copies of emails. It always
helps if you can organize the documents before bringing them.
If nothing else, put them in date order.
Third, create a list of all your damages.
For instance, if you were fired, list your lost wages. If
you suffered emotionally, list your medical expenses and describe
your suffering. If you were not promoted, identify how much
more money you would have earned in the new position. How
much did you lose when a contract was broken? In other words,
you should list all of the harms that you believe occurred
due to the situation at issue.
Fourth, create a list of any questions or
concerns that you have. Be sure to discuss these fully during
Taking time to prepare before you meet with
a lawyer makes it more likely the lawyer will understand and
accept your case.