A lot of companies, business owners and multinational corporations right across the globe are earning good profits because of their employees. However, unfortunately, a lot of these small salaried employees are often being abused in the workplace. Abused in the sense that a lot of them are not well-compensated, meaning overworked yet underpaid or they are not getting the right amount of support that they need and deserve from the management.
In case that you feel that your rights as an employee are being violated by the company that you are currently working with asking yourself these questions indicated below before filing a whistleblower lawsuit against your employer:
- Have you found out something fishy about your company?
- Do you think that some people in your workplace are involved in fraudulent transactions?
- Is your company paying the right amount of taxes?
- Are paying for their mandatory share of contributions such as social security?
- Are they abiding by the standard labor laws in your country?
If the answer is a “yes” to questions number one and two and you get a “no” answer for questions number 3, 4, and 5 then these are valid reasons that can be used as a basis of filing a whistleblower lawsuit and if you win the case you have a big chance of being paid a hefty sum of money.
This first thing that you should do is to gather as much evidence as you can before filing a case in court. Get screenshots of crucial conversations, present copies of documents and print out emails if necessary. Make sure to keep the original copies or back it up in your file just in case these pieces of evidence suddenly disappear for no apparent reason.
Second is to talk to a reputable lawyer specializing in these types of cases. If the case that you are about to file is about your rights as an employee or compensation, make sure to discuss this thoroughly with your legal counsel. Remember that whatever the information you both share is confidential so do not discuss next it with other people even family and friends. If any of these information gets leaked in public, then you can get in trouble. Always follow the advice of your attorney.
The third step is to get people that are willing to testify against the company or stand by your side and present her side in court hearings. This step is quite difficult because not all people are eager to take the risk and stand up for what they think is right. Some of them are afraid to get involved because of the thinking that they might lose their jobs.
The fourth step is to file the case in court formally. Keep in mind that most labor cases take a very long time to get resolved. You have to be patient and persistent when it comes to attending court hearings and making follow-ups. Remember that if you are decided to stick for your case and fight for your right as an employee you always have to be positive about the outcome of the situation. Just cooperate and patiently wait for the verdict.