I am suing my former employer for failing to pay me my last two paychecks. Under the laws in the state of Indiana I can also qualify for trouble damages. I have submitted my claim and my court date has been sent, obviously since I am on here I do not have legal representation.
I received a call from a lawyer representing my former employer who tried to have my verbally agree to settlement over the phone to which I requested a written document on official letter head. The document I received is about four pages long with tons of legal terms, not to mention a few subtle threats about "termination of employment do to breach of contract (which to my knowledge I was not-but thats a whole separate issue) may result in me having to pay restitution up to 3x lawyers fees...etc."
My question is, how to I turn down the offer without turning it down and without saying anything that can be used against me in court. I want to say something along the lines of, "since I do not understand legal terms I do not feel confident etc. signing documents without ...." and something about wanting to present offer in court and leave it up to judge what would be in my best interest.
I'm also scared of being counter sued, however given the situation (without going into detail), I feel that the judge would favor me over him.
On a separate but related topic, apparently since my former boss's name is on the sign and he is the person who handles all pay, founder of company etc, I put his name not company name when I filed. Apparently I wasn't supposed to? How damaging is that to my claim?
Thank you for your help!