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Should You Go to HR Before Hiring a Lawyer? 

HomeBlogShould You Go to HR Before Hiring a Lawyer? 
February 27, 2024

Understanding when to seek help from Human Resources (HR) versus when to hire a lawyer is crucial in certain situations. At Olivier & Schreiber PC, we pride ourselves on assisting our clients to make informed decisions. In this blog, we will discuss the importance of knowing when to go to HR versus hiring a lawyer and how we can help in both scenarios.

The Role of HR: Pros and Cons

HR departments serve as the intermediary between employees and managers when conflicts arise. They are tasked with maintaining a healthy work environment and protecting employees’ rights. Filing a formal complaint with HR can indeed fortify a potential lawsuit against your employer, should it come to that. 

Pros of Going to HR:

  • Confidentiality: HR departments are required to maintain confidentiality, which can be beneficial for employees who do not feel comfortable discussing their situation with colleagues. 
  • Internal Resolution: HR can often resolve conflicts through mediation, avoiding the need for legal action. 
  • Free of Charge: Seeking help from HR is typically free and does not require any out-of-pocket expenses.

Cons of Going to HR:

  • Lack of Legal Knowledge: While HR professionals are knowledgeable about company policies and procedures, they may not have a strong understanding of employment laws and regulations. 
  • Conflict of Interest: HR departments serve the interests of the company, so they may not always prioritize the employee’s well-being.

Remember that HR primarily exists to shield the company’s best interests. Their capacity or willingness to handle serious employment law-related complaints may not always be in line with your expectations. Furthermore, a valid concern for many employees is the risk of retaliation or even termination for reporting unlawful behavior. This is why seeking outside legal counsel may be necessary.

The Importance of Working with a Lawyer

In situations involving wrongful termination, discrimination, and harassment, the role of a lawyer becomes pivotal. Lawyers bring legal experience and guidance throughout the process. They can assess the validity of a complaint and advise on the best course of action. Moreover, if you experience retaliation or termination for reporting unlawful behavior, this can be further grounds for legal action, which a lawyer can guide you through.

Taking Action Based on Your Unique Circumstances

Every situation is unique and calls for a tailored approach. If you believe your rights have been violated by a business or employer, or if you have lost money due to a company’s wrongful conduct, seeking professional advice is paramount.

The team at Olivier & Schreiber PC has extensive experience in Employment Law, consumer protection, discrimination, civil appeals, and more. We are committed to helping you get justice and obtain extraordinary outcomes. 

Reach Out To Us

Whether you choose to go to HR or hire a lawyer, we are here to assist you every step of the way. So contact us today for a consultation, and let us help you make an informed decision that is right for your specific situation. We will work together towards achieving justice and protecting your rights as an employee or consumer. 

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