As an HR professional, you know you can’t ignore legal documents. But what if a new secretary doesn’t know she should forward legal papers to HR, or the papers end up in the in-box of an absent manager?
Missing deadlines in those legal documents can mean losing the lawsuit before it really begins.
That’s why you should train all employees who could conceivably receive legal documents what to do. Remind them that time is of the essence.
Recent case: Zafar Arain sued his former employer for discrimination based on his Muslim religion. The company ignored the complaint.
Because it did, the court ruled in Arain’s favor based strictly on his complaint. Now, all he has to do is tell the court what his damages were. (Arain v. Double R Remodeling, No. 6:08-CV-2036, MD FL, 2010)