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If I file a lawsuit, what are the various steps involved before trial?



There are a number of steps along the way after you file a lawsuit and before you get to a trial. The main ones are, first, the discovery phase. In the discovery phase that’s your opportunity to request information and evidence from your employer. They get to do the same with you and that’s where, for example, your deposition would be taken. You also want to be able to get witness statements from the relevant people within your company and exchange other information during that time frame. That’s usually the longest part of the case.

After the discovery phase is over, most of the time the employer is going to file what’s called, a motion for summary judgement. That’s the employer’s argument to the court saying, “There’s no reason to even have a trial here. There’s no genuine dispute of material fact.” If the court denies the motion for summary judgement, that means you get to go in front of a jury, try your case to the jury and they will decide whether or not you’ve proven employment discrimination.

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Eric Bachman litigates employment discrimination and whistleblower retaliation cases. He can be reached at (202) 769-1681 and [email protected]. Bachman is Chair of the discrimination and retaliation Practices at Zuckerman Law. Previously, Bachman served as Special Litigation Counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and a Deputy Special Counsel with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.