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For a number of years I worked in a defense firm representing employers exclusively in employment litigation. I usually assumed that the former employees suing my clients were greedy, money grubbing ne’er-do-wells looking for a fast buck and a pound of flesh by way of a frivolous suit.

More than a year ago I formed my own firm and now have the benefit of representing the chaste employers I formerly represented as well as the ne’er-do-wells I formerly disbelieved. What has surprised me in my meetings with terminated employees is how nearly all of them — even after being terminated — just wanted to move on with their lives.

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