Re: "This lawsuit is an open and shut case." No, it's not. No matter what basis you think you have for saying that, you are wrong. That is not the state of your case. You will only hurt yourself badly by believing that.
Talk to an attorney for a couple of hours on your dime, even if you decide against retaining legal counsel to represent you. You need more advice, assistance and plain-talk than can be provided to you here. The intersection of BK and employment litigation procedures will be dauntingly complex, technical and rigid. It is highly likely that your claim is now worthless as far as any money recovery goes. You definitely and desperately need advice. You are in way over your head.
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