Around 2 Years
Video Transcribed: How long does an employment law case take? I’m Oklahoma City employment law attorney Colby Addison, and we are talking about that issue today. An employment law case can take anywhere up to two years sometimes, sometimes more.
The reason it takes so long is that one of the first steps that you’re required to do is take your case to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, also known as the EEOC or the Office of Civil Rights Enforcement with the state of Oklahoma to have your case investigated.
During this time period, your case is with a state agency or federal agency being investigated. And we often have our hands tied on what we’re able to do during that timeframe.
There may be a period of time early in your case where not much is occurring because we’re waiting on the government to fully complete investigating your case. And so that we can receive a right to sue and bring your case to the district court, whether it be in the state or federal court. Once that occurs, we are in the process and on the line of taking your case to a jury trial.
The court systems can often be backed up for some period of time. So the period of time for your case to be taken from when the wrongful termination occurred all the way until a jury trial can be, like I said earlier, around two years. Fortunately, during this time period, there’s often a lot of communication that occurs between the attorneys for yourself and the attorneys for the employer.
Many times this can result in a settlement. So every case can last differently. Some cases will resolve within a matter of just a few weeks. Some cases will not resolve and take all the way to a jury trial two years later.
If you have questions about how long your case has taken, or if you have questions about pursuing a case for wrongful termination or any other employment law matter, please give the Oklahoma Workers Rights attorney a message at oklahomaworkersrights.com.