Our initial telephone conversations are short, but most potential client’s situations are complex. Therefore, we would like you to tell us about your problem with your employer in a manner that allows us to give it the attention it deserves to be fully understood before we make the determination as to whether or not we are the right firm to assist you. This is why we asked you for a “chronology”.
A chronology is a summary of your issues in a timeline format. The chronology should begin with your date of hire and your job position. It should then explain all important events that occurred during your employment that led to you calling us.
The following is a very short example of a chronology. Yours may be significantly longer, and that is fine as long as it is focused on the reason you are seeking legal help.
4-2000: I was hired as an Account Clerk. I had to do data entry, filing, and general clerical duties. I had no negative performance reviews and was promoted twice.
2007-2009: I began having significant pain in my wrist, and went to see the doctor. My doctor diagnosed me with carpal tunnel syndrome. I was off of work for three months, and then my doctor allowed me to return but restricted the amount of time I could spend typing on the computer without a break.
1-3-2010: I returned to work and turned in my doctor’s restrictions to my immediate supervisor. I was allowed to do my regular job for six months without issue. In fact, in March I was given a job performance evaluation that said I was doing at least satisfactory in my job. During this period of time, I was able to mix up my job duties in manner that followed my restrictions. For example, I would type for one hour, then do filing, etc.
7-1-2010: I got a new supervisor, Jane Doe. She told me that she wanted me to do all of my reports in the morning, and save the filing for the afternoon. I told her that doing all of the filing at one time would violate my doctor’s restrictions. She did not care, and said that she wanted it done that way so that she could have all of the information she needed in the morning.
7-15-2010: I attempted to do the typing in the morning, but immediately started having problems with my wrists. I saw my doctor who prescribed a wrist brace and told me that I could not type more than one hour without a 15 minute break. I returned to work and gave Ms. Doe a copy of my doctor’s new restrictions.
8-1-2010: Ms. Doe told me that my job required that I finish my typing in the morning, and that they had no jobs that would follow my doctor’s restrictions. I was then terminated.