An attorney, after reviewing the notes that I'd taken and the conditions of my termination (I was fired after the company discovered that I was planning on filing a charge with the EEOC, though my work was exemplary), agreed to take my sexual harassment/hostile work environment claim on a contingency fee basis. He said that he'd write a letter to my former employer threatening to sue on my behalf and file a charge with the EEOC. Several women agreed to be my witnesses (one was directly harassed with sexual propositions, but she was fired over 360 days ago and never filed a charge).
The attorney told me that, if I happen to settle, I would probably be required to dismiss my EEOC charge. However, if the charge was filed with several other women, can it still continue through the EEOC with me serving as a witness? The employer is very rich and I don't want to just be paid to keep silent without having the environment change for the better.
What makes more sense and would seem more likely to cause my former employer to change its ways?: to agree to a settlement (in the hopes that it'll make the employer think twice about sexual harassment), or to take a chance and pursue an EEOC charge (even though the EEOC is underfunded and understaffed) in the hopes that they'll find grounds to sue and make people aware of the company's illegal practices?
I haven't signed an agreement yet.