With more and more lawyers getting selective about the cases they take, employees sometimes have to go it alone.
Don’t ignore these pro se cases. Instead, get expert legal assistance. Often, courts will toss out dubious cases rather quickly.
Recent case: Johnissia Stevenson, who is black, worked for IBM in North Carolina. When she developed problems with some of her black co-workers, she began complaining that they were “out to get her.”
She filed an EEOC action against IBM—and then, representing herself, a federal lawsuit against the company and specific employees.
IBM argued she hadn’t named the co-workers in her EEOC complaint. The court agreed and tossed out the case. (Stevenson v. IBM, et al., No. 5:10-CV-487, ED NC, 2011)
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