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Old 11-21-2012, 04:55 AM   #21
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While I have never sought the advice of a lawyer this is one case where I would get a consultation before going to HR. Since you value your job I think this would be a safe way to go about it. All companies are not the same but I would never go HR and exhibit and vulnerability at all.

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Old 11-21-2012, 06:33 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by ls99 View Post
Agree, Company loyalty is to profits, not employees. It is likely better to have the attorney do the talking with company regarding the issue. As anything you say, can and will be used against you.
Been there, done that - be very careful what you say. They will be looking to trap you in some way.

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Old 11-21-2012, 06:56 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
I doubt I have anything intelligent to add to this thread but IMHO, if you "lawyer up", (s)he will want about 1/3 of any settlement including one that might have been offered without counsel. Make sure you have some agreement that protects you from all sides.
Not all lawyers work/bill this way. Personally, I would avoid this kind of lawyer firm (typically referred to as ambulance chasers) for a variety of reasons, especially in your circumstance.

Good legal advice is valuable, you will pay dearly for in if you only consider the hourly rate. But, you may wind up paying much more for questionable/no legal guidance.

Having said all of this, getting the health taken care of would be my top priority.

I am not a lawyer or a particular fan; but, I have come to see their value in specific situations. (This is definitely a case of my advising you to do as I say not as I do: I very rarely confer with legal or medical professionals even though I am sure both would be beneficial.)

Good luck with all you are going through.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:03 AM   #24
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It's possible that your bad review may have nothing to do with your performance. Your company may be setting you up for later layoffs due to your age. I have seen it happen.

Start lowering the ranking on older people so they have the option to get rid of them.

At my former company it was common that young people were ranked higher than old people with years of experience. Pretty easy to see what was going on.

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