We have a little advice to any employee who suspects that they are being subjected to discrimination, harassment or retaliation in the workplace or who is undergoing a change in how their employer sees them. That advice is to keep track of what’s going on. You owe it to yourself to do a complete write up of what’s happened to you and when. If you’ve gotten verbal counseling, write it down. Tell us who it was that did the counseling, what the subject matter was, and whether you think it was justified and why. If you’ve gotten a suspension or demotion or any kind of adverse action, write it down. There’s two reasons for this. Number one, when we’re evaluating a case, we need to have this information so we can determine whether your situation is serious enough that we’re going to recommend that you go through the ordeal of litigation. Secondly, if you do go through litigation, this document is of critical importance to you. Litigation is a marathon, not a sprint, and we take every case as if it’s going to go to trial. In New Jersey, cases generally take at least two and usually three years between inception and trial. Your memory of events will not be as good three years from now as they are today. You owe it to yourself to write down what’s going on so that you can refresh your recollection when you need that information the most.
This short informational blog was provided by Allan Richardson, a New Jersey Harassment and Discrimination Attorney. Please contact the law firm with any questions you may have and set up your initial consultation.