If you've been involved in a lawsuit against your employer, your top concern is getting things sorted out as soon as possible so that things can get back to normal. One way to make that happen as quickly as possible is for both parties to meet halfway and agree to settle your case. But how do you know if your employer is likely to settle?
Here are four signs your employer is likely to settle.
- There's an executive involved. When someone high up in your company is involved in harassment, discrimination or wrongful termination, the company will want to keep things quiet and make the case go away. Even if the executive wasn't involved in the wrongdoing, just having to spend a day in deposition may make the case feel like too much trouble or distraction.
- When you've been assigned an employee-friendly court. Certain circuits are much more friendly to employees than employers. If you get assigned to one of these less conservative courts, the venue may put you in a favorable position.
- If you were retaliated against or harassed at work. The Supreme Court has made several rulings favorable to employees who were retaliated against by employers. The chances of losing these cases at trial are pretty good, so most employers just won't risk it.
- If you are willing to be reasonable. Companies are willing to listen to an offer if you are. Hold your ground, but be reasonable and civil. If you don't like the offer, you can always counter. Being confrontational will get you nowhere.
If you have been the target of workplace harassment, discrimination or unfair termination, Bouchillon, Crossan & Colburn, L.C. represents clients in federal court and before the EEOC, MSPB and in state and union grievance hearings.
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