How to Sue Your Employer

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Do you believe your employer has taken illegal actions against you? If so, you may have grounds to file an employment law claim or lawsuit.

This overview will address some of the more common reasons an employee might sue an employer. It will also explain the basics of the process and the damages to which you may be entitled.

What Are Reasons To Sue Your Employer?

There are several potential reasons to sue an employer. Be aware, both federal law and state law establish what may or may not constitute an employer’s illegal actions. Thus, reasons to sue your employer can vary from one state to another. It’s wise to discuss your case with an attorney if you’re not sure whether your circumstances justify taking legal action.

That said, common reasons to sue an employer include (but aren’t necessarily limited to):

  • Wrongful termination
  • Wage theft
  • Discrimination
  • Failure to provide reasonable accommodations for a disability

How Do I Sue My Employer?

The process of taking legal action against an employer can vary depending on the specifics of a case. That said, when you believe your employer has treated you in a manner that violates the law, you can proceed by:

  • Gathering evidence of wrongdoing (such as emails, witness statements, etc.)
  • Filing ​​a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or another appropriate government agency
  • Speaking with an employment law attorney to ensure you have proper representation

Speaking with a lawyer is a smart step to take early in the process. This is particularly true if you don’t know whether your employer has broken the law. An attorney who may be familiar with the relevant statutes can evaluate your case and let you know whether it’s worth your time to file a claim or lawsuit.

What Damages Can I Get When I Sue My Employer?

Your goal when suing an employer is to seek damages for which you may be eligible. Once more, the specifics of your case may determine the types of damages you can pursue. Examples of damages that may be available in an employment law case include:

  • Lost wages and benefits, if your employer engaged in wage theft and/or wrongful termination
  • Reinstatement to a job from which an employer illegally fired you
  • Legal fees
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages

Speak With an Employment Law Attorney

Proving that an employer took illegal actions against you can be a challenging process. You may need to gather substantial evidence and thoroughly research the applicable laws to strengthen your case.

It’s important to present the strongest case possible when filing a claim or lawsuit. This is often easier with the assistance of an employment law attorney. Fill out a Free Case Evaluation above to get connected with an independent, participating attorney who subscribes to the website.

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