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Vague bias claims won’t get far in federal court

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Some former employees think that filing a federal lawsuit is the best way to build up their bank accounts after being fired. You may have seen such complaints—they generally do little more than state that the employee was fired because of her race, age, national origin or some other protected characteristic. They’re often short on detail.

It’s usually hard to get skeptical attorneys to take such cases, so employees often go at it alone. Courts are beginning to toss out those complaints.

Recent case: Acting as her own attorney, Daynean Richards sued her former employer, alleging she was fired because of her race and for refusing to falsify information on some government forms. She provided no details.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals said a lower court was right to dismiss her case. (Richards v. JRK Holdings, No. 10-10125, 5th Cir., 2010)

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