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Employee is own lawyer? Don’t ignore the suit

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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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