Your LLC can't represent itself, so it needs a lawyer. You as an individual defendant can represent yourself, but it's not a good idea, and unless the plaintiff has alleged "alter ego" claims against you and the LLC and there's reason to pierce the LLC "veil," you shouldn't be liable for LLC obligations and a lawyer should be able to get you dismissed.
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I agree fully with attorney Koslyn's advice. An LLC is required by law to have an attorney represent it in court proceedings.
Also, based on what you are saying, a motion to dismiss at this early stage may be a good alternative, if not to get the entire case thrown out, to potentially have some of the unfounded counts rejected. From your posting, it sounds like the legal complaint is not well founded on legal claims but may be the result of the "let's throw in the kitchen sink" approach to bringing a law suit.
A motion to dismiss, and a later motion for summary judgment, are legal surgery which can remove unfounded claims.
All available defenses must be raised in a timely manner, now, under your court's rules or else you will be deemed to have waived them.
Finally, employment claims are extremely difficult for plaintiffs to prevail upon. You need a very aggresive approach to discovery in order to 'pick away' at the existence or non existence of facts that would support the claimed legal causes of action. Discovery includes interrogatories, requests for production of documents, requests for admissions and depositions. You would also be entitled to subpoena certain information.
If, after agressive discovery, it turns out that the claims in the case are legally unsupported, a motion for summary judgment may be brought on your behalf. And, unless the other side can establish that there are material factual disputes, then you may well be entitled to a judgment as a matter of law, which dismisses the case.
Based on what you are saying, you and the LLC can not afford not to have an attorney help you through.
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My colleagues are correct about the LLC. You can, however, be personally liable under the Labor laws as the owner for failing to pay wages and overtime.
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