Litigation is a crap shoot. At first it sounds sexy and fun. Yes, you will be taking on The Man. And you could wind up with a a lot of money in a settlement or trial (bench or jury).
However, the reality is that all litigation, even that launched by major corporations represented by A-list legal teams, is unpredictable. Along the way in the process some cases are tossed. Some go on for years and years. Some are lost. And even those which are "won" by the plaintiff might yield peanuts, especially after the lawyer is paid.
By time that's all over, for better or for worse, you could be emotionally destroyed. Also, the lawyers on the other side can destroy your reputation. They will dig up every time you submitted a project late. Litigation is mean business.
In addition, if you want to continue working, you could be blackballed in your industry. Who wants to hire an aging professional who is known to file lawsuits?
Should you feel you are going to be pushed out of your job because of your age, your most prudent and productive course of action is to consult with a lawyer before that happens or when it happens. You don't want to sue.
What you want is to put together a severance package that makes the ordeal of losing a job worth the emotional fallout, including humiliation and possible loss of confidence. Most of those are confidential. Therefore, after you receive what your lawyer arranges for you, you can shop around for other work, without a cloud over your head.
The author of this blog Jane Genova is a legal writer. Visit her syndicated site Law And More here.