Applicants, employees and former employees who lack financial resources can still sue employers in federal court. But that doesn’t mean the judge considering such a case will entertain it for long if it appears to lack merit.
Recent case: Alice Day tried to sue the Worthington Public School District. She wanted a federal judge to compel the district to tell her why she hadn’t been hired as a substitute teacher. Then she asked the judge to order the district to give her a job.
She made the requests on Dec. 23, 2010. The federal judge who got the case waived the filing fee because Day was too poor to pay it. But less than three weeks later, on Jan. 10, he dismissed the case. He said it didn’t belong in federal court. (Day v. Worthington Public Schools, No. 2:10-CV-1162, SD OH, 2011)