Is it important to know if a prospective employer is involved in pending lawsuits? It might, depending on the nature of the law suit and any factors that might impact your employment.
I conducted a brief search on one of the largest employers in the country and I found more lawsuits than I could count. Should that change my decision to accept an employment offer from this company? What about a small biomedical company involved in a patent battle over a key product? Each situation will be different.
Taking these steps to perform research using free resources is worth the effort to ensure you know as much as possible about a potential employer:
These resources are excellent ways to uncover new information about a prospective employer. There may be gaps in the research. In other words, you may not find all of the pending legal action. Also, keep in mind that cases settled out of court may not be included in these resources. The information that you discover will be another valuable piece of information to determine if a company is a good match for you.
Debra Wheatman is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC). She is globally recognized as an expert in advanced career search techniques with more than 18 years' corporate human resource experience. Debra has been featured on Fox Business News, WNYW with Brian Lehrer, and quoted in leading publications, including Forbes.com, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and CNBC. Debra may be reached at email@example.com, or you may visit her website at CareersDoneWrite.com. You can also circle her on Google+.