What does the term “plaintiff” mean?”

A plaintiff is the person who brings a lawsuit. So, if we take your case and file a lawsuit in court, you will become a plaintiff. The employer becomes the defendant. In employment cases, you must sometimes file with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (www.eeoc.gov), or similar state agency. In this proceedings you will be known as the “complainant” and the employer is known as the “respondent.