Endless Scroll: Searching for Answers to Employment Law Questions on the Internet


(Last Updated On: December 9, 2021)

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By Elisa A. Filman

“Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly.” – Roger Ebert

The internet is great for many things: ordering food delivery, looking up people you went to high school with, and watching videos.  But the internet is not great for everything, and certainly not for getting tailored legal advice.

Web articles, blogs, and even our website are helpful when you are faced with a challenging employment issue at work, but it important to recognize their limitations. For example, while there are federal employment laws, most states have their own employment laws, so if you are planning to rely on an article that pops up on a Google search, make sure it is about the laws applicable to your employment relationship. 

Likewise, no internet search is going to tell you the strength of a legal claim, or what the value proposition is for that claim.  If you are an employee, that means what amount you would be entitled to under the law for the violation of law that you suffered.  For employers, that means understanding the monetary risk to you and your company posed by the legal claim. 

The internet cannot answer these questions, because it does not know how to compute your facts and apply them to the applicable law.  Consider WebMD’s symptom checker: possibly a good first stop when you are under the weather, but no one would hold it out as the gold standard in diagnosing medical issues.  The same is true for employment law. 

People search the internet for answers to their employment law questions is because they want the answer to their questions quickly and inexpensively.  Rodman Employment Law’s Quick Consult is aimed at filling this need.

Need a quick answer? Want help in determining if you have a claim against your employer? Weighing the potential exposure of a threat of a lawsuit against you or your company? Consider a Quick Consult.  During your confidential, 30-minute consultation, you will receive feedback from one of our experienced employment attorneys on your employment issue(s) and gain a better understanding of what you need to do to achieve your goals. Book a 30-minute consultation for $250 with an experienced employment lawyer today and stop the endless scroll.

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