This is the next post in our series on the handling of hostile work environment cases in Atlanta, Georgia. Our last article discussed how to calculate damages suffered in a hostile work environment. It is important to understand that you may be entitled to more than just lost wages. In this article we will address a process known as “discovery” which is used in lawsuits. We will also explain why this process will likely be important in your employment law case. If you have been discriminated against, harassed, or otherwise mistreated at work then it is strongly suggested that you contact an employment law attorney immediately.
Discovery allows Atlanta employees to prove that they were mistreated by their employer
Discovery is the process by which information is gained from the other side in a lawsuit. This process provides your lawyer with many tools for gathering information. Interrogatories are written questions to which the other side must provide detailed answers. Requests for Production require the opposing party to provide requested records such as written documents and other tangible items. Depositions allow a party to force a witness to answer questions, under oath, before a Court Reporter. The Court Reporter will provide a written transcript of the witnesses testimony. These tools are important in an employment law case.
Discovery is an important tool when attempting to show that an Atlanta employee was the victim of a hostile work environment. For example, in cases of workplace sexual harassment, discovery can be used to gain emails, phone records, and other documents showing that harassing messages were sent to the worker. If one believes that they have been the victim of workplace disability discrimination then discovery can be used to gain internal memos and records showing what steps the company took, or did not take, in order to provide reasonable accommodations to the employees. This is the type of evidence which can make or break a lawsuit.
Atlanta employees should retain an hostile work environment attorney to assist with the discovery process
Contrary to what is often portrayed on television, trials are not won by surprise evidence which is revealed at the last minute. Cases must be methodically built over time and evidence must be acquired through the discovery process. Failing to gather necessary information can result in a victim not having the facts they need to prove their case before a jury. The discovery process is complicated and if it is not properly used then a victim, again, may not have the information they need. It is crucial to have an attorney who is familiar with the process.
Our Atlanta hostile work environment attorneys assist those who have been victimized. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also service areas such as Macon, Savannah, Athens, Kennesaw, Marietta, Decatur, Dunwoody, Stone Mountain, Tucker, Alpharetta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Norcross, Gainesville, as well as the counties of Bibb, Chatham, Clarke, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Richmond. We also assist those elsewhere in the state of Georgia and throughout the United States in Federal cases.