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Bring clear documentation to earn quick dismissal

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources,Leaders & Managers,Performance Reviews

When employees file their own lawsuits, judges often bend over backward to help them out. They reason that employees who lack legal expertise deserve a little slack in court.

That’s when it becomes crucial for employers to come to court armed with solid evidence that they handled the employee fairly.

Recent case: Alfred Rodgers worked as a city housing inspector until he was fired for alleged poor performance. Representing himself, he sued for race and age discrimination.

But the city came into court armed with clear documentation showing that Rodgers falsified work claims, distributed union materials during work hours and inspected only half the properties assigned to him. Plus, it showed no other employees were treated more favorably following similar conduct. His case was dismissed. (Rodgers v. City of Cleveland, No. 1:09-CV-2165, ND OH, 2010)

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