Do you think you have a valid discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage violation claim against your employer and want to sue? Below are five tips that will help you with your claim even before you speak to an employment attorney.
- Communicate problems with your employer through emails and letters.. If you rely only on verbal complaints and requests, your employer will most likely refuse to talk to you about your concern, especially if there are no witnesses to your conversation.
- Keep a journal in which you can record all the dates, times, places, and names relevant to your problem.. Immediately write down word-for-word snippets of conversation that could validate your claim. Maintain professionalism no matter how angry you are at your employer. Avoid the use of profanity because the diary can be used as evidence. Lastly, never leave your journal unattended in places where your boss can access it. That would almost certainly get you fired and end your lawsuit.
- Emails, press releases, and correspondence could be used as critical evidence. in a violation of employment law follows. Witness testimony will also add credibility to your claim. If his boss makes a racist comment, slaps his butt, or harasses him to shut up because he saw you do something illegal, talk to anyone who may have been there. If they saw him, try to get them to side with him. If he manages to convince them, he will really strengthen your case.
- While you may have done your research on employment law, don’t even try to play lawyer. Terms like “retaliation,” “hostile work environment,” and “reporting” aren’t magic words that can automatically bully your boss into submission. Chances are, your boss is smart enough to seek legal advice first before responding to your poorly planned tirade. Chances are, things will turn around and you, instead of your boss, will look like a bully.
- Never resort to insulting your boss or physical violence. because it will get you into much deeper trouble than you already have. Take a deep breath and follow the first four tips and then call an employment lawyer.
While there are more tips that can help you, the five listed above are the first and most important. The rest can be provided by your lawyer.