It’s rare for people to like conflict, unless it comes in the form of an important defensive effort, or in a low-stakes environment, such as arguing politics with people online. You don’t have to have a worrisome disposition to avoid conflict either. Most of us know that the risk to reward ratio of getting involved in a dispute is often not in our favor. If someone shouts at us on the street, for instance, we know that the probabilities dictate that moving on, ignoring them but staying aware is likely going to lead to a better outcome than turning round and fighting back, except in extreme cases.
Unfortunately, sometimes the need to approach the conflict cannot be helped. This is when it’s good to know your rights. When do you escalate a conflict to a legal matter, for instance? Let’s say someone has run you down while on your bicycle for instance, and you know you need an experienced attorney to help you with the case. When do you know if you’re justified in using this lever or not?
It Can’t Hurt To Contact Legal Counsel First
Many of us look for ‘the smoking gun’ that will enable talking through the situation to legal counsel, but there’s nothing saying you can’t consult with them to begin with. An experienced attorney will help you know what the parameters are, what case you may have, how your rights have been infringed on - or they may just politely and humbly dispel you of these notions. Both efforts are valuable. No matter what, you will receive the most pertinent legal advice.
Dismissing Of Your Rights
We mentioned dismissing rights as a factor for legal escalation, and that’s correct. If you are being controlled, prevented from action outside of your contract, are being harassed, or brushed aside, it can be important to escalate. For instance, you might find that at your job, your employer simply will not replace the safety equipment despite their low state of repair. It might be they’re threatening to terminate your employment if you refuse to perform the job in this sense. This is a classic dismissal of rights. But to know how your rights are being affected, you have to learn them.
It is never acceptable to be intimidated, and that especially goes when it comes to depriving you of your rights. To use an example, it might be that a colleague is not only harassing you, but has threatened your job if you report it. Evidencing these claims or threats against you and escalating it to the best legal representation you can find is essential. Intimidating is not only illegal when it comes to depriving you of your rights, but it’s a great indicator for realizing you’re not going to come to a worthwhile solution going forward. That can help you in the best possible instance.
With this advice, we’re sure that you’ll be better off, even if having to legally escalate a particular conflict.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.