It’s not a situation anyone wants to find themselves in, but sometimes there’s no other option: you need to sue your employer. Before going down this road, it’s essential that you have the grounds to file a viable lawsuit. While you might have had a heated dispute with the employer, this might not necessarily be enough to win a lawsuit against them.
If you’re not quite sure what constitutes a feasible reason to file a lawsuit, consider the following examples:
• Breach of employee contract
• Sexual harassment
• Failure to pay workers’ compensation
• Wrongful termination
If you feel confident you have a valid reason to take legal action, here are four important tips to keep in mind for winning a lawsuit against your employer.
Don’t file a lawsuit while still working for the employer
It’s true: you can file a lawsuit and remain working for the employer in question.
However, just take a minute to envisage this situation. Think about how awkward and miserable it would be in this type of work environment. Not only will the employer potentially cause unnecessary issues, but your fellow co-workers could also make you feel uncomfortable.
With this in mind, always try and find alternative work before going forward with a lawsuit. If you cannot quit due to financial reasons, your best bet may be to look for an alternative method to resolve your employer-related issues.
Receive the best representation
It’s essential you enlist an attorney who can fight for you when facing a lawsuit situation. If you don’t receive a helping hand from someone who is well-versed in employment law, your case could crumble within a flash.
With assistance, however, you have a much better chance of succeeding. They will be able to supply expert guidance and will fully understand how the process works. Plus if they don’t feel you can put together a viable lawsuit, they will tell you this without hesitation – and you will save a lot of time, money, and heartache as a result.
When building up your case, you need to find as much help as possible. If you manage to get relevant people – such as fellow employees – to back up your side of the story, there’s a much bigger chance your lawsuit will be a successful one.
On the flip side, the lack of support from employees, managers, supervisors etc. could work against you. If they’re willing to side with the employer.
Prepare for a drawn-out process
Now you might be dreaming of filing the lawsuit, having it quickly resolved, and receiving a generous lump sum for your troubles. While that type of compensation is possible, don’t think you will be receiving it any time soon.
In fact, it can even take a couple of years for the lawsuit to be resolved. It’s a long process, so ensure your case is a strong one that has every chance of winning. The last thing you want is to go through all this and end up with nothing.