In this episode of the Employee Survival Guide, Mark addresses the games employers play with employees. Mark recently had two consultations with perspective clients and wanted to share the insights he shared with both individuals to help each person understand the games their employers were playing with them and what they could do about it to persuade the employers to pay them increased severance. Mark provides an overwhelming amount of information in the episode, and it is the same information he shares during his consultations with perspective clients. This episode is intended to take the blinders off employees about what their employers are doing to them (playing games) and how to effectively leverage a successful severance negotiation to their advantage.
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Hey, it's Mark here, and welcome to the next edition of the Employee Survival Guide, where I tell you as always, what your employer does definitely not want you to know about a lot more. Hey, it's Mark. And on today's episode, I wanted to talk about issues that I'm dealing with, to bring to your attention. And this really is the issue of the games employers play and knowing when the employer is playing the games with you. So what does this come about? I take intake calls consultations every day. And recently, I've had two consults on the same day. That made me think about something I wanted to share with you. Both individuals who I talked to, came across with patterns of behavior that employers were engaging them. And yet understand when I'm doing intake call, the person is sending us information with a very brief amount of data in an email or that my system will take down. And we from that those facts and essentially a very basic fact pattern about what's happening with them, I then have a call. And through the call, I'm able to begin to figure out the patterns of behavior that the employer is engaging in, to help me understand well, what what type of cases is, what do I tell this individual that they're, you know, the problem they're experiencing, because the caller in the consultation is only seeing things from their vantage point of A, it's emotional, there's drama happening, there's maybe as a performance review, or whatever that's happening. And I have to really poke into the fact pattern and ask questions in a very rapid file thought style to obtain information from them. And what I discover is that most people die by no fault of their own, they're starting the process. And I'm gonna explain now a continuum that happens, a transference that occurs from the initial call point to the end of the call, that takes place, that's really what I want to share. And also what the gimmicks and nonsense the employer, that we find out through this very, very quick call, you know, lasting anywhere from a half hour to an hour, depending upon the seriousness of the case. So the continuum is a person calls there a great deal of stress, what's happening, whatever the issues taking place, it's generally a severance negotiation, or they've been terminated or put on a pip. But there's a lot of drama and the the prospective client is really uninformed about what's happening to them. This is a very common circumstance. And it really gets the first point of here's the game see employers play. The employer is not educating their employees deliberately about the rules of engagement at work, in what I'm about to say, doesn't sound really familiar. Everybody goes to work, they have careers, they want to have their resume, in their career experiences, they, their life becomes their work, vice versa, their identities, meld with their jobs. There's a level of trust. I've been here for the company for eight years, thus, a loyal employee. Meanwhile, the employer on the same set of facts is saying, well, you're age 54, or your sexual orientation is this and we have a headcount reduction or the company is not doing well. And they're they're just opposite sides of the same facts. And most employees are now I guess, realizing that the employers are not there to protect them. HR is not to be trusted. My wife sent me an article from I guess, was CNBC this morning, that there's now what's called loud quitting. And the date of this podcast is June 28 2023. So we know about quiet quitting now there's loud quitting. So employees are becoming aware and there's a transition to challenging employers and employees speaking out for you know, it's about time I have been saying this for a while to employees need to be dealt with in a more reasonable fashion and there'd be, you know, for years and decades being taken advantage of, but back to the point of employees really are not served with appropriate information about the rules of engagement and how to deal with their employer. That is the essence of why I do these podcasts. And I think you get that from listening to me after all these years. And this is what I say to people on the phone. So I'm going to take the person on the phone on the console and bring them from point A of, you know, drama, and just simply this happening. It's very emotional experiences. For many people. Both these callers I'm referencing, you know, had a great deal of difficulty. One was filled with anger, another was filled with anger plus, you know, tears related to, you know, the fact that these are two individuals that were both in their 50s. And well experienced, I mean, we're talking corporate individuals, working and later stages of their careers, but just hitting a wall with their employers. And the reason is because they're getting older in this instance, and both these instances, they're getting older. And so what I'm trying to get across to you is that the employer is not going to educate the employees at any stage whatsoever about anything related to their protecting their jobs. I think you know, that. Why is that? Well, it's the easiest and cheapest way to manage people. It's lack of information. So where do people get their information, if they're not going to get it from their employer about you know, how to manage relationship, it's, I want to say it's the most dysfunctional relationship that we have in existence, the employee, employer, and it's occurring at the same time that you're listening to this other vibe that's out there about D AI, and all these social conscious issues and environmental awareness, and corporations, all this garbage that's being put out there for marketing purposes. But if the employers, I thought about this the other day, if employers really did care, if they really cared about anything related to AI, or anything related to making employees happy, and whatever, well, wouldn't you think they would finally do away with this one simple thing, and it's called the atwill rule. I know, you know, this phrase, I just made two that will rule if essentially says if you didn't know it, but employers can fire you and you can quit anytime you want. But this rule is so destructive, and so racially motivated in age related and everything discriminatory related, and it's used as a way to get rid of individuals, and get rid of them legally. And so if you think that employers really cared, they would really, in my opinion, get rid of the will rule. But it's, it's coming. But it's not there yet. And some states have what's called a for cause termination. I think Montana is the only state that has it. But we're seeing this happening to folks in so these two individuals referencing trying to stay on track with what I'm sharing with you. employees don't understand the rules of engagement with their employers, and these littles podcasts that I put out these episodes, attempt to target the very issues that I see happening. So I had two calls that made me think about, well, why don't we just talk about the issue of what takes place? At the very earliest juncture of the call, the person has experienced some event at work, and they're calling me as the employment lawyer. Well, what's that conversation like? And what is it? How does it transition to proactive steps and process, and so I'm going to give it to you. I'll give you some facts, each one of these, not to disclose who the employer employees are what's happening. But enough to give you the points of, you're gonna go from transition of initial call to end of call having process and roadmap in tools in analytics to think about what steps to take or not, because when you call an employment lawyer, you're trying to get answers because the employer didn't give it to you. And so you speak to somebody like me, who sees I'm at the front line, I see this crap every day, and, and you walk away with it. But you really have to understand one thing, you don't have to do anything at all, you can always leave your employment, not spend the money in an employment lawyer, okay. And I'll be the first lawyer to tell you that you don't have to spend the money you can choose to walk away. That's a hard choice for most people, because there's a lot of emotion and anger filled there. That same statement was given to both of these individuals on the call. One of the choices was, you don't have to do anything at all, you can sign their release, it takes me about 10 minutes explain the release agreement to you, so long as you understand it, you can sign it. And if there's noncompete in there, you need to understand that too, because that's going to hurt you. But the choice number one is do nothing at all. Okay? Or spend an hour and have a lawyer look at the terms and explain the severance agreement to you and sign it you've done the second and hardest choice for people because they can't let it go. Why can't they let it go? Because they feel that there's an injustice and unfairness. One individual use the word due process was no due process in the thing well I'm gonna break the issue here, there is no due process and employment related with your employer. There's no like rules of engagement, there are laws to prevent discrimination. But that's after the fact it takes me to analyze the fact pattern and then bring actions against an employer, either privately or in court. But that's the policing aspect. But at work, you work for the system of private government, which I've said before, and that private government dictates to you what it wants to, and no one wants to get involved, you need to understand that loud and clear, courts do not want to manage the business affairs for companies. And if you're not understanding that, well wake up, because it's a reality check. Courts are not there. And they're really reluctant to, to police employers unless they really have to, if you demonstrate that something law on lawful happens, let's say discrimination, or a breach of contract. So as the individual moves from my call, they realize, okay, there's things that happen. And I have to interject and pull out facts from them and try to pierce through the drama and everything that's happening in the anger, to assess what are the claims. And so as I gradually moved the clients, these prospective clients through the call of their analysis and answering their question, because they asked me, What the hell can I do about this, I've just had this issue happen at work, I've been demoted or sidelined or whatever, because of some male employee to go from opposition, which is one case that happened to to an individual, she was the most qualified, and the male individual who doesn't do anything, essentially got promoted over her and the other individual was let go because the company the business was declining. They were and she was highly paid. And she had the skeletons in the closet information, which I'll get to in a second, essentially, a whistleblower age claim is what she had. So the next stage of the process and the Constitution I take these individuals through is, look at the the transaction that we're about to ascribe it look at as a transaction, there is starting at the consultation call, and ending at the point you sign the severance agreement settlement agreement, before you're filing a lawsuit. That is the task, you're not calling the employment lawyer myself to have a lawsuit filed on your behalf because you want some justice, you can do that. And I build those cases. But that is the last choice of last resort choice. And you don't want engage that because number one, you're gonna be bogged down in litigation for two to three years, you're going to be spending more money, you need to know that you want to on legal fees to my office or any employment lawyer. And there is actually a choice to make, that people go through. And it's simply creating a severance negotiation leverage with against your employer to get them to pay you money. So as we move through this process, I say to folks, this is what your task is. Your goal is to get severance. Well, you told me that and yeah, most people want that, like 90% 100% of people. And 80% of our clients would well negotiate agreements prior to the lawsuit. Because not because the clients are want that you understand something? It's the employers who are dictating that outcome. And we repeat, the employers are making that statistics in my office, because they are asking it will through negotiations to settle cases, instead of litigate them, I need you to to understand that 80% of the time. That's a huge number. Okay, the odds are in your favor if you try this process, and you have facts. So there's two conditions, facts and claims, of course, and it's going to work in your favor. We just don't know the amount of money. But it's the employers who are driving this the employers themselves, who are employers, their businesses, they take risks when they do these analysis about letting people go and you're one of them. Well, they've already assessed your age, your gender, sexual orientation discrimination aspects if they are any, or maybe they haven't, because they don't have an HR department, or maybe because they don't have any performance review processes, etc. So there's a whole variety of businesses out there and I had to sit there on this very short call and assess in a very quick triage, like moment and figure out what's happening. And I'm able to do that because it's like the the analogy of the matrix and you look at the squiggly lines in the screen from the movie, they can see the patterns and it's the same darn thing because employers are stupid. They do the same redundant things all the time and they are these the practices because it's like a stupid computer. They just input in input out and there's no analysis of changing directions because They don't want to spend the money on having lawyers. It says every single one of these, and I am I apologize in advance a lot of great HR folks out there. But I've encountered many companies that make a lot of dumb mistakes. Because I don't think they commit the resources to it. And I think they want to, I don't think they care. And that's the point, you're working in a system that doesn't care about you. Why do you think they would care about the process of your separation to in a way that you would feel comfortable with? Of course, not, it's all about them. It's selfish. It's a dysfunctional, sick, twisted relationship that they've covered over the gloss of, oh, hey, we're Google, or we're Amazon, or we're this large company, we have culture and diversity and all this, you get what I My point is, they don't give a shit about you. So that's the point of the podcast of sharing this frontline information to you. So you the information sinks in, you share with other people do what you will with it. It's just public information. It's out there, it's just been reported to you in a way that's coming through my office and what I'm experiencing. And now you know, so back to our two individuals, we've now shared with them that there's a transaction taking place, there's a goal severance, there's not a litigation, because you want to avoid that now, you know that? So what do you do? And I don't mean to be redundant on my part. But I tell the next stage of the conversation goes like this, well, you gave me a rough fact pattern, but I need to know more. And I could spend three or four hours on the phone with you. And I'll learn a lot more. But I want you to write out the full narrative, in your own words, in, in, don't worry about trying to speak to the law says or whatever. Just write the story of what happened to you. Why is that so important? Because that fact pattern generally, from these individuals, people, you know, they're honest, you know, they've been, you know, obviously terminated or treated unfairly at work, they're going to commit their time and energy to conveying the information that happened to them, and trying to self advocate for themselves. And because they probably are good people, I think people who have performance problems know it. And I don't really just, I don't really encounter people have performance problems, I encountered people, in large part about 95% of the time who are good folks well performing, and they just get obviously fired. And I say that generically across the board, because that's the case. And when there are people who are bad performance, we can spot it very easily. There's a lot of red flags. So a lot of folks get good folks well experienced, get fired. And we look for presumptions about you know, good performance and what takes place and patterns in the games employers play. So that's really the focus of the call. So as we're speaking about the narrative, I'm encouraging folks and peppering them with questions about, okay, what happened about age, or what happened about sex, or, Hey, if there was issues happening related to whistleblowing, you know, anything you're aware of that really bothered you, and people do come forward, it takes a little time, because they're not used to the call, they're not used to having this dialogue about their scene, like one optic, in terms of this happened to me, my performance was really good, my career's ended my it's a lot of internalized stuff that's taking place. And so I have to move them and shift them. And once they become comfortable with the conversation, they do begin to share and they do begin to open up and broaden the horizon of what they're supposed to be looking at, for leverage. And I want you to do the same when you're looking at your fact pattern, because you can self diagnose your case if you allow data to come in. So now you have a broad approach, you know, that you need to do that. Look at your own performance, you look at the things that happen, other people at the office or other people being discriminated against are how are they treated? I mean, you you're, you have so much information being shared with you by other people in your office, your colleagues, if you looked at the data in front of you, you probably can put together a case to present on your own behalf to advocate because the discrimination happens in the wrongful acts that happened to other people can also benefit you in your own case. So let's, for example, if you know somebody got fired last month for age discrimination, and there are facts there, and you know, the person was well qualified, and they're like 65 years of age, and, you know, this got bounced out and then suddenly a 30 year old replaced them. You know, that's a good set of facts to include in your circumstance. If you're of an age situation where you're being the writing on the wall, so to speak, and they're targeting you and you're in your 50s you can use that other person's information to help benefit your case. I need to help you understand that And it's not only just that example, there are a numerosity, of unlimited examples, all the informations in front of you, it's just opening your optics to look at a broader range of field like a lens on a camera. And you can begin to pull in all this information, because no one ever told you, what do I include my narrative, everything, everything you witnessed everything I kind of intuitively bothered to shove you, you put in your narrative. And if you can go back and look at other articles or podcasts that I'm putting out, you can see that there's a lot of data in front of you. And I'll just say this, so I get it on the record for you. The narrative can include just about everything you are exposed to. These are programs and policies that companies policy to pay severance if they pay people severance differently, that information is valuable to male versus female being paid separately differently because of severance amounts to include that if there are information about you know, one person's promoted, and you're not, or they don't get performance reviews, and you do or they get pips and you get pips, and they don't use text messages, Slack, internal communications, things you hear you go to meetings. One example was the individual in my one of these two consultations I was doing, the person was told at a meeting that she was having with her colleague that they were, she was having a meeting with colleague, and then the supervisors walked in unannounced in the middle of the meeting, saying, How would you feel? Well, we're going to promote him over you mean, right there. You know what, that doesn't sound great. I mean, no announcement, and there was no ability to apply for the job, and it's gonna, and then they come out the next day, and they put an announcement to the organization that this person now is taking over this new role that you this person had. I mean, that's bizarre stuff. I mean, that's not like, So examples of, you know, we have an individual who I spoke with, in her fact pattern of discussion, I was concerned that it was really an issue, it was a kind of a borderline H aspect, because she was approaching your 60s. And then I spent more time on the phone. And you have to understand when you're talking with me on the phone, I'm reading the paper every day, I'm reading The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, I'm scanning and looking for information, I'm looking at court cases, I'm just doing my damnedest job to stay current about what's taking place, because that's usually going to be happening at the organizations where these potential clients are coming from, I need to see what the patterns are. So this runs the gamut of I have a complete understanding of how private equity companies work, you know, number cruncher type people and really bad culture to large organizations like Google or Amazon. You know, I just have you have you litigate for so long, you deal with so many people, 1000s of people, you begin to piece together these, what the real cultures are like in these organizations, because you see the outflow of people come to you. So, and the second person I spoke to, after I spoke with her, I realized, oh, wow, this was an issue that I'd seen recently. It was involving a, I have to be very specific here to avoid a disclosure. So it had to do with the education realm. Corporation provide education. I'll just leave it at that. And maybe you get involved with? Well, I'll just leave it at that. So the the whistleblowing occurred with representations were given to students misrepresentations, and it took a while to pull out. And it evolved into this aspect of the the leverage would be well, the company not doing well. And whistleblower, and the leverage became what it became the issue of, well, why would the company want this information out there if there are imploding? And they wouldn't. So they want to do what will pay money, but you have to have a factual basis claim in the narrative, of course, to specify, and this person has the, you know, has the skeletons in the closet, the company, that's all there because of the level of the position that person was in, etc. And so you had, through the consultation, the client realized the prospective client realized the leverage factor was both age and whistleblowing. And the the outcome I don't know yet because obviously it hasn't started yet. But the I want to point out the the, as you move forward in the process of the call with the prospective client, the client begins understand the transaction, the leverage that's been built there through the discussion, understanding the ripping the blinders off, so to speak of what the employer is doing in both of these instances. You know, in the other instance of just summarize, the individual was a long standing employee well regarded long history of career wise, across multiple organizations and both individuals on top of their game, but experience in this problems of the games employers play, I mean, so you have to having both good performance. And the issue wasn't about the performance. And I needed to tell you that that was the other pattern. issue is, you can be a really great performer. All right. And employer can't peg you for performance issues. And I always asked, Well, what was the last performance review? And people say, well, well, three months ago was a meet expectation Well, Oh, good. Well, that was an admission of fact, a legal admission of fact that your performance was good. So if the employer tags you with a termination three months later, after your performance review of each expectation, that's a game that's a it's a false representation the employer has given you that you've been bounced out for performance, I'm going to ask, Well, what happened in the three months after your meets expectation, I'm saying meets expectation rating at the date that the manager signed off on it not because involve 2022, it occurred in March 2023. That's what date the person made the admission that you're a good performer with meets expectation, and that there's nothing that happened in three months time. And that's, that's a, it's a legitimate answer given by employer performance, you know, reasons given to terminate. But reality, it's a false pretext. And I need you to understand that's a game that employers play all the time, I see that so often, I need you to understand that. I know if I'm overwhelming you with a lot of data. But you get into just here, that the employer is playing a large game with you, thinking that they're just abusing you, as an employee abusing you. It's I said it was dysfunctional. I'm not kidding. It's so dysfunctional, and so abusive, and people take it because, well, I can't protest because a room my career or, you know, whatever the thought process is people have they're so reluctant to challenge employers. Why are we allowed to have an equal, say, in our engagements in these relationships? We have marriages, we have law, partnerships, we have business partnerships, we have, you know, democracy. Well, all that doesn't apply in the workplace, because you have a private government, as a University of Michigan professor wrote about recently, a private government, I heard this phrase, I'm like, I was so enthralled, like, oh, it makes so much sense. It's like, yes, and no, it's a dictatorship. I always felt that way. But it's a private government, they determine their own rules. And you're powerless. But are you really, so I'm giving this same level of conversation is occurring in my two meetings they had in console explaining and ripping the blinders off the conversation of their optics of how they viewed themselves. And now you realize there's a whole shit show going on, that you never saw being revealed to? Because I'm telling you, that's what happens. And you begin to see how abuse of the process is. And you probably should feel this juncture, if you're going through something like this, that, wow, oh, this is really making me unsettled. And I'm really pissed off and we met, what can I do? So now it's a part of the conversation in the latter part of the consultation, I have it folks and I say, Okay, here's the roadmap and what you can do with it. The narrative member I remember talked about that at length. It's the it's the it's the entirety of the case. It's not what I'm going to do with it. It's what your facts say. So the narrative is critical. The next pieces of the puzzle, the process is this. I take the narrative, we investigate it, that's what lawyers do you pay lawyers to ask questions about the facts and to question you and doubt the accuracy of your facts or pull more information out, or all the above. That's what the lawyer the employment lawyers doing, someone has to do that to figure out the stupid effing games the employer has been playing on you. Now you get it. Once we have the affidavit complete, and we know what the claims are, we tell the employer, we give a notice of claims letter, a notice claims letter spells out in summary form, you know, IRS XYZ claims you have and at the bottom of letter, I It's it says don't destroy any documents Preserve. So it's called the litigation hold. And it's used in every single case we have, it's designed to ensure that they don't destroy their stuff, because you know, emails get backed up and deleted. So, and they also tell their insurance carrier, they've received one of these notice of claims. And so it's a very legalistic and important document to use. In my composing colleagues know that I use it all the time. The next letter we send across to the employer is demand letter. It's just copy and paste of the notice of claims letter, but it leaves out the litigation hold letter and it puts in a demand at the bottom and starts the bidding, because you have to start the bidding because employer is not going to make you an offer. They're gonna make you an offer in your severance agreement. But you need to counteroffer in your demand letter. So if they x s presented you six months of severance, you're going to counter with like, you know, two years or whatever it it's going to be Have your salary, whatever the value of the case is to start the bidding, but high enough in your demand to leave room to back down into a negotiated position that you're willing to accept. And eventually, so one day I sent off the documents I sent him to forgive me, but I have fun in my job. And this is one of the parts I really enjoy. I get to send an email to the CEO of a company. Typically, I'm going to have all the internal email addresses, okay. And oftentimes, we even like, say, a private equity company, I'll send it to the board of directors, because the person will have access to that those and sometimes, you know, board of directors of private equity companies want to know, especially the minority shareholders, of the board of directors want to know what's happening at the organization. And we send it to the supervisor, we send it to the CEO, we let everybody know, I only have one shot to do this. Because lawyers can't talk to a company once their attorneys respond back and saying we represent so and so company. So when I send the email, well guess what happens when you get an email? You open it? You're curious, because you know about the issue of mobbing so and so employee as the manager, you've could you just fire the person? What What are they saying now, and they can't not open it, they open, they read and they get this affidavit that's attached to it. And they're like, it's a shock and awe factor that's intended in that result. Because I want them to see the entirety of the problem. They themselves the employer created, the employer created these fact patterns, the employees just went to work to have a career, the employers made the steps and decisions to do certain things. We're just calling it out. Guess what happens? The employer never, ever writes an affidavit rebuttal back about what the client said in the client narrative fact never takes place. Because it's against the employer's interest to do that. They will eventually do it on an agency file and saying, admit deny these at each paragraph of the affidavit. But they do that after talking with an attorney. And they leave the employee to the truth of the matter. But you'll never get back a statement of facts rebutting what you had said in the detailed narrative. So you need to know that it's in II really don't care what the employer says, by the way. And I also communicated that as well, during these two meetings, and these consults, you really don't care what the investigation of your internal complaint was in by HR, people always ask me the same. Well, they never told me the response. I don't Well, what do you think they're gonna say? They're gonna say, Well, you're right. No, they're not going to say that, because it's the game they play. And they're gonna basically protect themselves at all costs, and lie to you lie outright just lie to you. And they'll lie to you in legal proceedings as well. I need you to understand that happens all the time. Because the facts given by an employee generally are very, very accurate, even though my opposing counsel will really you know, they'll they'll say that that's not true. And I understand this aspect of there are two sides, every communication, every story, there are two sides. But when you spend the time on these cases, and you read these and develop these narratives of these clients, you get this overwhelming presumption that something's drastically wrong. And I'll give you an example. In one case, I did and I won't give context or time it's, it was lowercase. We wrote the affidavit narrative, and we spelled it all out. Well, what did the employer do? They paid the demand. It was a multiple, six figure, approaching seven figure response. There was really a little negotiation, I just paid it, they wouldn't even be bargained down, maybe 25,000. But it was the power of the affidavit. And actually, there were some stupidity involved as well. The employer told the team after the client was like, oh, to stop doing something, whatever. And I can't be very more specific, but it was just outright idiocy on the part of the employer. But the point is that the narrative itself, the thing that you were, like, you know, it's very hard to write about it takes too long, like, it resulted in a full value almost settlement demand being met by employer because the employer was scared shitless of the what a government entity would do. Okay, so this narrative, I can't emphasize how important it is. And these employers take it very seriously. As opposed to this, what other lawyers do, okay, just to kind of give you context. Some lawyers will write a lawyer letter, and it's a discussion by the employer by the attorney of the employee, saying my clients been harmed XYZ pay up. Well, that's not really helpful. To the employer, because they're going to write you a check. Well, how are you going to convince them something happened? They know what they did. But I've learned over the years 28 I think I'm moving on now. It's moving really fast. Now in terms of the amount of time I've been doing this. But I've really learned and I get feedback, my opposing counsel that I need you understand that? There's a really important aspect, the narrative is very valuable to the employer. Because they see the facts at a very minut detail level. And they are allowed their attorneys will investigate those facts. I mean, the law firm representing employer will obviously spend a lot of my money and time investigating your fact pattern. They're not going to tell you the response to that. But it helps them understand the accuracy of the claim. The narrative you write, which is get it gets orchestrated, curated by my sales person like myself and employment attorney. They will, the attorneys to the side will see the curation of what I'm saying in the language of the client narrative. All right. And they'll be able to see the liability, not the stupid lawyer letter that some lawyers write saying you owe my client XYZ because well, that doesn't help. I mean, I'm not joking, I asked opposing counsel at prestigious law firms after we're done and says, What do you think about the affidavit that I helped you guys understand the case? And of course, presumptively, they all say yes, because no one does it. The power of the affidavit is crucial to your case, large or small, it helps, okay, it helps explain the bare facts in the specific facts of what's happened in convincing the employer that's the point of the narrative, okay, it's not what I'm doing. Yeah, I'm going to put up a website and have podcasts and blog posts in Yeah, how many cases I litigated over 20 years, who cares? Okay. It's what matters in the client affidavit that matters. That is the point of what I'm trying to get across to you, in changing your focus of I've been harmed and injured on the initial part of the call. And later on, discovered through the discussion with me that, oh, the narrative, I gotta write one. And it's really important, here's why I'm just giving examples. The narrative cuts through all the shit the employer gives you, and then all their game playing. That's the point. Your stories are real, you are the victim of discrimination, you are the victim of a breach of contract, you are being unjustly treated, but it's the facts that have to set you free or support you, in terms of what you're, you're saying, but don't just come at it with an Ivan, don't let your anger and your emotions overcome your decision making process or overcome your your digestion of the advice being given to you this does happen, people will be overwhelmed by the circumstance of their case of what took place. I mean, people work and their identities are melded to their work. And in it when they're when they're fired. It's like a death in the family. And it's harsh, and they lose this part of themselves. And sometimes they can't release it, and they can't transition into the transaction. I'm trying to describe him in, in during this, you know, half hour hour long call them having, and we'll have them get to realize that, you know, there's something I need to do here is a mission, I got to convey these facts in an objective way. So I this triage that people go through in these phone calls, it is moving and people do transition at the latter part of the call have a sense of relief because someone actually a listened be told me exactly what the f happened to them by their employer in specific and because it is identify the patterns that the employee slash prospective client understood to be true in their own perspective. And it's a really powerful conversation and it it happens all the time I do this calls every single day. But it just dawned on me I really needed to share this part of the process. The early stage, when you call me, this is what you're gonna go through. So that while you're talking to myself or any employment attorney, the national employment lawyer Association has attorneys across the country. They're all good folks. They all do the same thing I do representing employees and they're there to help you the National Employment Lawyers Association. So look it up find a lawyer in your state. And when you go through this process, you understand at the end of the call that a What are your choice, you can do nothing at all to talk to a lawyer for a half hour hour and understand the terms of the severance agreement or understand the terms of you need reasonable accommodations or do something or or, or three, you know, you're faced with the possibility of a severance negotiation being one is in front of you now or one's coming to you because you're at the PIP stage or you're, you know, the writing's on the wall. And you understand that, okay? Do I want to make that investment in legal fees to get an outcome and the future of, you know, severance monies? Because I'm in a need that once I get let go, because don't presume you're gonna get severance at the end of your employment? Because maybe you're not? And how are you going to pay your bills? I mean, we all have bills to pay. So think of the transaction of this very short call with me now, from the stage of the initial call of the emotion and anxiety to now face with the transaction. And just yet to figure out what is your goal? What do you want to happen for you, I don't care what happens in terms of your choice. That's what I say to everybody. It's kind of like I'm doing a consultation with you now, as I'm doing this episode, because I wanted to share with you literally what I go through in this process, and what you'll go through in this process of figuring out what is the goal here? Yeah, I know what happened to you, or and get over it. But now what are you gonna do with it? And what is is that choice you're making is the right choice for you? And is how, what's the choice going to cost you? And I People ask me all the time, I can't give you an estimate what's going to happen in the future? Yes, I know what people pay me, I can keep track and look at data, I have data. But I can't give you estimates of what takes place, I can't predict your future of how this employers act. We do know, some raw data. And I told you before 80% of the time employers do resolve cases prior to a lawsuit, you may have to file an EEOC case to the agency, but that's not public in terms of a Google search. But 80% of time, you're gonna resolve the matter before a lawsuit is filed, because the employer, not me, but the employer is making that outcome for you just don't know the amount of money they're gonna pay you. And the amount of money is really determined of what your affidavit says, Now, do you get the full circle of the analysis and logic of the process the affidavit, and you use the attorney, and you have to be very specific about what you're alleging. And you have to be very forceful. And I'll give you this aspect of what I tell people. The latter part of the call is the severance negotiation. After I send the email to folks through the through the employer containing the affidavit, the dosa claims, the demand later on in negotiations, as we're exchanging counteroffers, I'm going to draft the complaint. Yeah, I know, I told you that we're not gonna file a lawsuit. And I want to I don't want to file a lawsuit. But I want the employer to know if the employees are listened to fine, you know, I'm gonna you have a choice, you can incentivize this particular employee and pay them in negotiation, what they want and severance, or face the gauntlet of a lawsuit in federal court. So I draft a complaint, usually styled as a federal complaint. And I put the fact pattern from the affidavit verbatim. I change it by pronoun and context and grammar, of course, to make it fit, because I'm going to write it, they said, First Person is right in the second person. And so it changes but it's the same language, the person using the affidavit now appears in the draft proposed complaint that I'm gonna send across to the other side that usually through their attorneys, and they share it with their client. Why don't I do that, A, some escalating the shit out of the case. And I want to make sure you know, the momentum, you watch a sporting event, I was thinking about tennis matches that the US Open, you feel that momentum when someone's losing because it's in a person who's fighting fighting back and but you feel the momentum and the opposite when the person's you know, winning, and you want to be winning the you know, in appear to be aggressive in this. No, no, take prisoners approach to the process and force the employer because that's what you are doing by your affidavit. And I guess I kind of want to end in that point where, you know, the culmination of this entire conversation that I'm having, again, it's only happening in an hour, I'm sorry, less than an hour, typically a half hour. But that's a realistically a half hour to an hour because that's how long it takes for you and I to have a conversation and you realize then meet understand what's happened to you that give you feedback. That complaint is the test the pinnacle of the of the of the negotiation that you're going to go through with the employer, and usually use it at a point in time when parties are, you know, employers spending, you know, $100,000 or more. There's obviously the more money being on the table, there's liability. So that's the bluff that you pull out. Okay. So if you didn't know it, more money on the table, employers wrong. Okay, simple. Everybody understands that. That's your task and the, you have to read the tea leaves through the numbers so to speak. The employer is not gonna tell you you're right. Okay, so you can read the numbers. If it's two, three and $1,000. You know, you're on the target. Your affidavit does Good job. Now the complaint does its job. What are you doing with the athlete, the complaint, you're telling the employer that within a very short window of time, I'm going to file this lawsuit, typically 90 days, if you are an EEOC case, and you gotta I request the notice, Right to Sue and I box the employer into a timeframe, I let the clock tick, because people can't stand it, and they're watching the deadlines. So as we're approaching the nine nice day, which happens all the time, employers get scared. Sorry, yeah, it's true. Employers get scared, scared of multiple aspects of public PR debacle, government calling sec, Securities Exchange Commission, inquiring, you name it. And that's the point of what I'm trying to get across to you that you have so much information at your disposal. And if you share in such a very unique way through your affidavit, eventually, through the draft complaint and negotiations, you can push that employer, push them into the position, you want them to pay you money, based upon legitimate facts, and legitimate claims, that is a process that you use time and time again, 80% of the time, you didn't know that, because where are you gonna get the information is not out there. But now, you know, that's the process and employers are scared shitless of you, when you hit the money correctly, in your affidavit, by your facts, I can't tell you the pleasure I get in the clients pleasure when they start to hear the ring, like playing a pinball machine and get that the numbers start flying up and you know, your your more money being flown thrown at you because they want to convince you that to shut the hell up and go away and sign a release agreement, because they want you under wraps because you call them out. That's the game the employers play. Okay, it's real. It involves millions, millions of dollars every single year, if not billions of dollars. There's a high stakes game, you're part of a system. And you need to know how to play it. These are the games employers play. But these are the games employees play. They're not games, they're claims because things happen to them. And if you didn't find this information valuable, then you're out of your mind. Because this is exactly what's happening every day. I didn't pause, literally once in this entire episode with you. Because I'm literally sharing with you what I go through every single effing day with these employers, they are abusing you, is dysfunctional. And I'm now giving you tools to fight back without spending a fortune doing it. But being effective, but at all, all that is based upon your affidavit. Your affidavit is gold if you have those facts. And so there you have it, I've shared with you what I wanted to share what I would do through a consultation now you would hear that, and it's a level of detail that should be overwhelming. And because there's so much information and choices in front of you, and so much analysis need to look at. But also, when awakening takes place for you that you need to go through. And if I'm shifting you, great, I've just touched one person today, fine, I've done my task, share it with somebody else. But that's what's happening every single implement across the country, every single job place. This is happening to someone every single day across the country. How would I know that? Well, because I have clients across the country. So I'm exposed to a variety of situations across the country, but also all these patterns all these games employers play. So there you have it, that's what a compensation will look like. That's what I wanted to share with you. Both these individuals were transferred over to a place of readiness to make choices wherever their goal was. But that's the process you go through when you talk to me on the phone. Hope you found it very helpful. And it helps you kind of deal with the situation you're having. Until next time, have a great day. If you'd like the employee Survival Guide, I really encourage you to leave a review. We try really hard to produce information to you that's informative, that's timely that you can actually use and solve problems on your own and at your employment. So if you like to leave a review anywhere you listen to our podcasts, please do so. And leave five stars because anything less than five is really not as good, right? I'll keep it up. I'll keep the standards up. I'll keep the information flowing out you. If you'd like to send me an email and ask me a question. I'll actually review it and post it on there. You can send it to mcarey at capclaw.com That's capclaw.com