Nobody likes conflict in the workplace. It's not that uncommon for an employee, whether a current or former employee, to file a lawsuit over an employment dispute or for getting injured in the workplace. If something bad happens at your company and an employee sues you, it may be tempting not to get your own lawyer involved, but that can leave your whole business vulnerable to legal and financial problems. A good employer lawyer can help in a few critical ways.
Provide Clarity on the Case
An employer lawyer will meet with you for an initial consultation. Many initial consultations are free of charge when it comes to litigation. During the consultation meeting, your lawyer will be able to give you a clear overview of the legal action taken against you or your company. Your lawyer will be able to determine who may be held liable if the lawsuit continues all the way through trial. During the consultation, you will be able to discuss possible defenses and possible strategies moving forward in the case.
Counter Lawsuit Option
In many cases, employers may want to countersue somebody who is bringing a lawsuit against the company. An employer lawyer can help you determine if an employee is bringing an action that isn't fundamentally sound and whether or not that employee may be at fault for any of the problems that led up to legal action. Ultimately, a good lawyer will be able to subpoena all relevant documentation and interview all of the witnesses in the case. This will help protect your interests and potentially help your business build a successful claim in a countersuit.
Negotiate a Settlement
One of the most important parts of any lawsuit is knowing when to settle or go to trial. If it is determined that your company may have some liability, it may be good to look for a reasonable settlement. A lawyer can help negotiate a settlement that protects all of the company's interests and one that protects the company from further lawsuits down the road by the same party. An employer lawyer will make sure that your business is given the best terms of settlement available under the law.
While nobody wants to be sued or deal with legal matters, it is important to make sure your legal rights are protected. Getting the best legal result requires that you hire a lawyer that has a lot of experience with employment law.
Contact an employer attorney for more information.