I would like to request a copy of my contract from a previous employer, where most of the staff is juridically uneducated people. I'm afraid that if I introduce myself, HR would realize that I am a former employee and would decline to send the copy, stating that I should have my own version (which I have lost).
There might be a legal debate, depending whether I signed a certain page where it says "overtime hours are not paid" or not. I know I can hire a lawyer who can demand the contract copy, but then if I really signed the page (it was a long time ago, I don't remember), the job of the lawyer is done and I still pay for their service.
To save money I have considered this trick:
Register a new email address with something like [email protected]
Call the HR office and impersonate an abstract lawyer who is defending an interest of the former employee.
Request a copy of the contract be sent to the aforementioned email address.
Is any part of this plan illegal?