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Courts losing patience with frivolous lawsuits

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More and more employers are finding they have to defend against frivolous lawsuits. Both current and former applicants may file suit but don’t provide any details. Often, they are too poor to even pay the filing fees and ask the court to waive the costs.

But courts are beginning to toss out such cases right away.

Recent case: Waldo Fenner unsuccessfully applied for a job with the Durham County Detention Center. He then filed a lawsuit alleging the reason he wasn’t hired was his gender and criminal record. But he didn’t include any details in his pleadings to help either the court or the employer figure out what the underlying facts were.

The court tossed out the case and told Fenner he wouldn’t be allowed to file any more lawsuits without alleging specific facts. (Fenner v. Durham County Detention Center, No. 1:10-CV-369, MD NC, 2010)

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