Former Employee Asked To Testify In Lawsuit
March 8, 2013 1:54 PM Subscribe
I've been called as a witness in a lawsuit against my former employer (MegaCorp: a large, multi-national well-known media company). I have not worked for the company in many years, but have been in constant contact as this lawsuit was threatened before I resigned.
Several (hopefully simple) Questions:
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- Lawsuit has been in the works for 8 years, covered by the press but not headline worthy. It finally goes to trial late April.
- I am a key witness, as the plaintiff named me personally as one of the 'execs' who was directly responsible for the grievance. The lawsuit if not 'against' me, but I am named in it as a conspirator, of sorts.
- The lawsuit is civil and no one was physically injured. It is a business matter. The case revolves around motivated coercion and collusion, rather than negligence.
- I was a basic, salaried employee with many layers of management above me, who was also not reprimanded, fired or warned for this.
- The trial (?) is in Connecticut against my time as an employee in New York, though I now live in California.
1) I haven't received any 'court notice' or anything official other than emails over the years with MegaCorp, who, ostensibly, are looking out for me. MegaCorp has vaguely offered to pay for my flight and lodging, but not time off work. They have given me a range of 4 days where I would need to be available. I am self employed, so this isn't an issue, but what if it was? Do I negotiate a daily stipend for meals and such? A daily rate? Or am I legally obligated to show up and should thank them for paying for anything at all?
2) I've never testified before. MegaCorp has a binder of all of my e-mails during the time so likely know more than I do about this whole affair. Other than telling the honest truth as I recall it (we have a pre-testimony interview thing scheduled)....how do I conduct myself as a witness? How do I do this right?
3) This is more of a legal one, and I would prefer a general answer, if you please. I have a personal lawyer, but he is expensive, and will no doubt say 'yes, retain me to guide you through this' if I ask him this: "Could I suffer any personal litigation or penalties for my actions as an employee?"
Anything else I'm not thinking of?