Maloney Law & Associates, PLLC, can file a lawsuit on your behalf in any state or federal court in North Carolina, not just in Charlotte.
If you have an employment or business law claim that you have been unable to resolve without litigation, turn to Maloney Law & Associates, PLLC, to advocate for you. We can be reached locally at 704-323-8961 or toll free at 888-321-1955.
Do I Have A Case?
Often, this is not a yes or no question. The answer depends upon your particular facts. You will need to discuss the facts of your case and your goals with an attorney so that he or she may evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your potential claims. An employment law attorney from our firm will strive to resolve your matter in advance of litigation through settlement, but sometimes litigation is necessary to achieve those goals.
An Outline Of The Litigation Process
Your participation is important. You were the one who experienced the discrimination or were a party to the claims that you seek to litigate, and we need to rely heavily on your memories and documentation. While every case is different and there are certainly many cases that do not follow this path, a general outline of the litigation process involves the following:
- An attorney files a complaint with the appropriate court on your behalf, depending on the type of claims, where you reside, where you worked and where the illegal acts occurred.
- Discovery begins, which can be a time-consuming but necessary process. Discovery is the information-gathering stage that involves requests for copies of documents and answers to questions through written interrogatories or verbal depositions. Read information about social media and what types of communications are discoverable.
- When depositions are used to gather information, witnesses are questioned under oath and recorded — the recorded testimony may be used at trial.
- There is a motions practice where employers try to get claims thrown out to avoid trial. The attorney may use motions, such as motions for summary judgment to dispose of issues.
- If the case proceeds to a jury trial, the attorneys will question potential jurors during "voir dire."
- At trial, each attorney presents an opening statement and evidence, calls witnesses and introduces documents and other evidence.
- Each attorney can cross-examine witnesses.
- After all evidence is presented, closing arguments are given.
- The jury deliberates and reaches a verdict, unless the case is decided by arbitration or in a bench trial.
Trial is generally not affordable for the average client, and the decision to go to trial is not taken lightly. We always attempt to negotiate settlements for our clients. Above all else, we seek to obtain the best possible results for our clients who have suffered discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, retaliation and other adverse actions at work.
Contact Us For More Information About Employment Litigation
A lawyer from Maloney Law & Associates, PLLC, can talk to you about your next steps in pursuing a discrimination lawsuit. To schedule your consultation, call us locally at 704-323-8961 or toll free at 888-321-1955. You can also contact us online.