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Knowing When to Seek Employment Law Advice There are many situations when you should seek employment law advice as a worker. If you feel you are being discriminated against, harassed, or treated unfairly at work, you should talk to a lawyer. You should also seek legal advice if you get injured while on the job, or you are being asked to do something that you feel is illegal or unethical, and you worry your job will be in jeopardy if you refuse. Any time you feel threatened, frightened, or abused in the workplace is a good time to talk to a lawyer. It is possible that even when you are unhappy about something, your employer is still acting within the boundaries of the law. An attorney who specializes in employment law will be able to determine if you have a case, and tell you what to do next. If you find yourself in a position where you believe your rights are being violated, bring it up with your supervisor or the HR department first. In order to effectively prove your case, you will need to have a record of complaining or asking for help. For example, if you are being harassed at work, file a complaint with HR. If you believe you are not being fairly paid for the overtime you are required to work, put something in writing. Documenting everything will be important to your case. That is likely the first piece of advice your labor lawyer will give you. Remember to stay calm. Being uncomfortable at work is a terrible feeling. Do not let your emotions and fears get the better of you. When you remain calm and professional, you are adding to your credibility, and that will help your case. Do not do anything without discussing it with your attorney first. Your lawyer is the best person to lean on when you are having trouble at work.