When a Small Employer Gets Sued by a Former Worker

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Jeff Herold got a “horrible feeling” in the pit of his stomach when he read an unexpected e-mail in mid-2009: “I am going to give you one opportunity to settle this case before we allow the lawyers to have their way. It will cost you an excessive dollar amount to defend this case.” The message came from a former sales manager of Herold’s Huntington Beach (Calif.) luggage and golf accessory business, West Coast Trends, who had been laid off along with about one-third of the staff a year earlier.

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