Workplace Issues: When To Consult An Attorney — 14 Things To Consider

Stephanie Dennis
8 min readNov 28, 2023
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When do you consult an attorney? This isn’t the most enjoyable topic ever but there are situations where people and/or companies need to be held accountable.

Let’s start by sharing this: I am not a litigious person. I’m not the first one to say go get a lawyer. Nothing wrong with attorneys it’s just not who I am. What I am saying is there are definitely times when you probably should consult an attorney.

The hard truth is sometimes companies do some hella shady shit. Sometimes it’s something very illegal, sometimes they cross lines, potentially breaking the law, unethical practices, etc.

Let’s talk about some things you can ask yourself to determine if you’re at the point where it makes sense to chat with a lawyer.

#1 — Were any laws broken?

Pretty straightforward on this one.

Now, the kicker, you may not always know if there were any laws broken. It’s definitely something you can research. For the most part, you can find all of that information online.

Whether it’s legal resources or just general websites, Google is a great place to start and a great resource. So ask yourself, were there any laws broken? Or if you’re not sure, just Google it.

#2 — What evidence do you have?

The shitty truth is we can know for damn sure a company did something wrong, and if we can’t prove it, there isn’t going to be a lawsuit.

People who are very close to me have experienced really terrible things in the workplace, and some have even gotten sick due to the direct negligence of a large organization. Unfortunately, there’s no direct proof of the correlation between the terrible things the company did, the negligence, and the health issues that came about because of it.

The other part of the evidence is people who might be able to testify. For example, if a medical professional or a third party isn’t going to stand up in court and testify to set evidence, you might of out of luck.

Look for evidence, documentation, potential testimony, data, etc.

#3 — If you are unsure laws were broken, research it.

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Stephanie Dennis
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