Will a discrimination lawsuit always end up in court? Not all lawsuits end up at trial, but they should all be filed in court. That is because a court filing enhances both the value of your case and the threat to the employer. 90% of all cases settle before a trial. Oftentimes, as the trial date approaches, the employers feel threatened by the potential downside that a jury verdict could hold against them. They are willing to pay to avoid the uncertainty of a trial, and harm to their reputation that might be caused by losing a discrimination or retaliation case in court.
Do I Need aAn Attorney to File a Discrimination Claim Against a Current Or Former Employer?
In order to feel that you are any threat at all, the employer would need you to be represented by an attorney. The world of employment litigation is a difficult and expensive one. It is not unusual for attorney’s fees to exceed the damages. By having an attorney, you benefit from that greater case value because it creates a higher settlement value prior to a trial. The attorney’s fees are added on to the eventual verdict in any case where the employee succeeds.
How Can the EEOC’s Mediation Program Help Me Resolve a Charge Of Discrimination?
In higher value cases, utilizing the EEOC’s mediation program is selling yourself short. If you are willing to accept less than $50,000 for your employment discrimination case, then it may be a viable avenue. However, these cases can have very significant value if litigated properly, and the threat of that litigation adds hundreds of times the value you might otherwise see in mediation.
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