There are several forms of deposition or court case where court reporters are perhaps even more important than their usual level of value, and a good example here is wrongful termination depositions. Because of the details involved in these cases, plus the multiple variables that might be considered in rendering a judgement, court reporters are vital for the proper proceedings in these cases.
At Phoenix Deposition Services, we’re proud to provide real-time court reporter services to clients throughout Phoenix, with wrongful termination cases among the many types we’re happy to handle. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over all the major roles held by quality court reporters during a wrongful termination case, plus how our team provides immense value for clients holding these depositions.
Why Wrongful Termination Cases Are Unique
Many who have been in a courtroom for any kind of deposition are already aware of the value court reporters provide; what’s unique about a wrongful termination case that makes them so especially important? The primary answer: The number of details and possible variables involved.
You see, while some may think wrongful termination cases are straightforward, the reality is the exact opposite. There are so many questions worth noting, including: Was it even truly wrongful termination in the first place? Were there any other possible causes for the firing not considered? How does one navigate their way through a group termination when many employees may have legitimate reasons to claim wrongful termination themselves?
Different forms of faulty evidence might be introduced during these cases, too. For all this and more, a quality court reporter is needed — and we’ll go over the specific roles they fill in our next several sections.
Proper Documentation of Company Policy
Company policy often plays a huge role in wrongful termination cases, which is why a court reporter is needed to document it as precisely as possible. In these depositions, one of the major roles held by a court reporter is making sure that company policy is taken into consideration, and they’ll do this by taking every word of the deposition down phonetically.
Both the company and the plaintiff’s attorney will review these policies, and will use this information for both the plaintiff and defendant’s cases. Our court reporters will do their part by making sure that every detail of these policies is noted, including any that might have even minor bearing on the case.
Presenting Complete Work History
Another important role of the court reporter involves noting any history the plaintiff has with the defendant, and this includes work history. Hardworking court reporters will note every detail of a plaintiff’s work history, such as what led to their termination or any reasons they may have been passed over for promotions. They will also include whether previous employers have also terminated the plaintiff for any similar or related reasons.
In some cases, these details can be very telling regarding whether or not wrongful termination occurred — so it’s always important to provide the court reporter with as much information and documentation as possible.
For more on the role our Phoenix court reporters play a wrongful termination deposition, or to learn about any of our court reporter or video deposition services, speak to the pros at Phoenix Deposition Services today.