(Closed) Filing a lawsuit against your company?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 2
9519 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

1. depending on the size and resources of the comany they might have better representation. However, they may more more inclined to settle to avoid bad publicity

2. They cannot give a bad reference by law, however they can decline to give a reference, which many companies see as a red flag

3. A lawsuit is public record. Could affect your career, maybe not. Depends on the field you are in. Many others have sued without it affecting their career

Post # 3
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

This is in no way to turn you off from suing your company, but I just wanted to give you some information from a friend of mine who works in the legal department of a large company. When the company is sued, she digs into everything about the person suing: emails, chats, web searches, basically anything you’ve done during work time or using work resources (ie. a work computer), to try and find something to use against them. 

Again, not saying this to discourage you, just want you to be aware of what might happen.

Post # 4
1744 posts
Bumble bee

How small is your town?  How close-knit/closed is your career.  If everyone knows eachother other employers may well have heard about the lawsuit. 

Even if your employer doesn’t give references (and many don’t just to not have to deal with issues about what the previous employee thinks isn’t a fair recommendation.)  I believe that future employers can ask 2 questions:  Dates of employment and would you rehire?  I’m willing to bet that after having been sued the would you rehire question will get a negative answer.  Most companies have many applicants for available jobs. 

If I was going to sue, I’d want to be pretty sure I’d prevail and the settlement would be large enough to support me through what could be a dry spell.  

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Post # 5
1149 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Why don’t you just find another place to work?

Post # 7
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

They may have better lawyers but they’ll probably be inclined to settle if you have a case.

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