When an employee is weighing the pros and cons of suing an employer, he should keep in mind that most court records are easily accessed through the internet. Therefore, the next job search may be difficult. It is just common sense that employers are turned off by employees who sue for harassment, discrimination, unpaid wages, etc.
If possible, hire an attorney to resolve the matter pre-litigation. In the settlement agreement, it is essential to include nondisclosure provisions and a neutral reference letter and neutral reference requirement.