Following are a few tips to consider if you are in situation where you worry for your job or think you might have to sue your employer:
(1) Keep all of your documents.
Employee handbooks, paystubs, emails you get from your boss or HR – anything! You never know what might be helpful later on, so make a practice of saving all of the documents, emails, and other messages you get that mention the company in any way. Keep any calendars that have dates that matter, for instance if you have doctor’s appointments or meetings you might need to remember. If you got nasty texts from your boss, make sure to save those so they don’t get deleted. If you get any letters from the company, keep the letters and the envelopes.
Many employees’ cases suffer because the employee did not keep all of the documents he needed to show what the company did wrong. Once you file a lawsuit, you are also not allowed to throw away or destroy any documents that might relate to your case, and can get in trouble with the court if you do.
(2) Take notes.
When important things happen, write them down when they are fresh in your mind. When you file a lawsuit, it can take a long time and you may be asked to remember things that happened a year or more ago. Instead of relying on your memory, you can look back at your notes to make sure you don’t forget important details or dates. Thorough notes can also help your attorney understand what happened and when, which can be very important to your case.
(3) Talk to an attorney sooner rather than later.
Some rights expire, and if you wait too long to talk to an attorney about your case you might miss your chance. Many times, you have to file your suit or make your complaint within a year of when something happened. If you work for the government or are in a union, the time can be even shorter. Don’t make the mistake of putting off talking to an attorney.