Daily Archives: September 18, 2008

Employee Tip: Save Important Documents, and Don’t Write On Them!

If you have an important document relating to a dispute with your employer- for example, a termination letter or a pay stub showing underpaid wages- please save that document. (You can read more here about keeping good documentation).

Just as important, please do not write on the document, or otherwise alter it.

Keep in mind that important employment documents may later be used in legal proceedings. For example, if you want to use your termination letter as an exhibit at an unemployment hearing, you don’t want to show the judge a letter that has your added, handwritten notes across it, saying things “This is a f#$% LIE!!!!” (I only exaggerrate slightly- I’ve had clients who marked up documents with notes reflecting their frustrations in similar terms).

Bottom line: hold on to important documents, and don’t mess with them.

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