Published on March 12th, 2018 by Alan L. Sklover
“In war, there are no uninjured soldiers.”
– José Narosky
Over many years of my life, I have come to believe that only by confronting unfairness and impropriety directly, “head on,” and without fear, is it possible to change the status quo. That raises the question “What constitutes ‘head on’ in employment disputes?” While many view litigation to be “head on,” I have far more faith in negotiation, that is, putting the other person’s greatest interests “on the table.” It is far less expensive, far more focused, and, at least for me, far more fun than its alternative, litigation, which may require years of “war.” As employers have larger “armies” and more “guns,” I always devote myself to negotiation before I even consider litigation. Sure, you can always sue, but due to its many risks, its large downsides, and its great cost, suing should always be the second choice in resolution efforts. At work, more than anywhere else, it is always wise to do everything you can to navigate and negotiate to achieve resolution of difficulties before you consider employment litigation. Think twice, three or even four times before you accept the assurances of an attorney that “You have a ‘great case.’” Even if you do “win the battle,” you may very well end up “losing the war.” As in “war,” no one walks away from a litigation uninjured.
This quote was sent to us by Geoff T. of San Ramon, California. Much appreciated, Geoff! If you would like to submit a proverb, quote or thought, please submit it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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