You've reported sexual harassment to HR. You get a call from the VP of human resources. The company attorney and he want to meet with you to interview you about your complaint. Do you:
a. Refuse to meet? You have the right to remain silent
b. Refuse to meet unless you have your lawyer present?
c. Panic? "I need more time. Can we meet next month?"
d. Say, "Thank you. Let me know when and where."? Then work on gathering evidence to take with you.
Employment law is complex, yet we expect every working (or job hunting) person to understand how to act and what to say in a million different situations. Sometimes it feels like you need a lawyer following you around all day, so you can check in when you have a question about how you should respond to a tricky situation, like the one above.
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