How do I tell interviewers that I'm suing my ex-employer?
May 10, 2010 7:38 AM Subscribe
I'm suing my former job. Should I (How should I) tell folks I'm interviewing with?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I left my former job because they weren't paying me for all the hours I worked. Look, I liked my job a lot and I did a lot of good there - nonprofit sector if it makes a difference - but I can't make a living working for free, or near-free. When they made it clear they had no intention of paying me for all the hours I worked, I resigned and contacted a lawyer to recover the wages I earned but was never paid.
I'm going to win this lawsuit, as it's very clear-cut. But in the meanwhile, I'm interviewing for jobs, and generally interviewers want to know why you've left your old job with nothing lined up... it looks quite suspicious in this economy. Also, I'm a terrible, terrible liar (and omitter).
In a background check, a potential future employer is going to find out about the lawsuit anyway. At what point do I reveal this information, and how should I say it? A script, talking points, etc. would be immensely helpful. I just don't know how to bring up the subject.