My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: NJ
I was included in a class action lawsuit regarding discrimination at a pharmaceutical company. I was not given an opportunity to submit my information which I believe has substantial documentation of the discrimination and harassment that I experienced throughout my six years with the company. (See below) This detailed documentation finally lead to the termination of my Area Manager in 2006. I just received a check in the mail today for my "portion" of this claim. Does this mean it is too late and they will not take my information into account for a fair monetary award?
How does one who has never been involved with this type of lawsuit know what the steps are to ensure their voice is heard?
*I've contacted the claims administrator 5 times. The first time was mid-June 2010, at which time I spoke live to one of their employees for more details on how to submit my claim form information and correct my address for all future correspondence. She told me that at that time, the claim form forwarded to me was just a sample form, and that a fairness hearing was first required on August 3, 2010. After that date, I would be sent a final form to complete and be given instructions on how to submit my information. She assured me that she herself would update my address and that not only would all future correspondence be sent directly to me, she would also re-send all previous letters.
After one month, I did not receive any correspondence; I called and left my information again in July. I made three more attempts like this over the past three months, without any return calls or letters. I assumed that like most class action suits, paperwork and red tape was holding up the process. However, I received a check in the mail today forwarded from old address. This is the only correspondence I have received since the initial sample form.