If you are looking for a lawyer to help you, there are several things you can do to make it easier for a lawyer to understand what are your claims and the strengths and weaknesses of your possible case.

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 the consultation.

Taking time to prepare before you meet with a lawyer makes it more likely the lawyer will understand and accept your case.

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