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Court shows no patience for litigious ex-employee

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It happens quite often: An employee you fired for rock-solid reasons sues … and sues … and sues some more. Once a former employee gets lawsuit-happy, there’s no telling how far the litigation process will go.

But now there’s good news. State and federal courts are tossing out such cases almost as fast as they come in the door. Appeals courts, too.

Recent case: Malinda Sheffield was fired from the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office after filing a false workers’ comp claim. After an arbitrator said her termination was valid, she filed discrimination lawsuits in both state and federal courts. When both systems threw out her case, she appealed to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.

That court also tossed out her case, admonishing her not to keep litigating meritless claims. (Sheffield v. Sheriff of Rockland County, et al., No. 08-CV-0840, 2nd Cir., 2010)

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