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Courts lose patience with those who miss filing deadlines

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Here’s a sign that courts are growing weary of employees who try to bring their own lawsuits but don’t follow the proper procedures: The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a case in which an employee missed a filing deadline.

As a practical matter, courts are being inundated with lawsuits and have to find a way to manage the caseload.

Recent case:
Lorenzo Rodney, who is black, works for the federal government. He sued after becoming upset that his agency had reduced his duties and thus lowered his pay grade. He said white employees had received extra assignments, so they had retained higher pay.

But Rodney failed to follow the directions that came with his EEOC right-to-sue letter and waited more than 90 days to file his lawsuit. The court tossed out his case. (Rodney v. LaHood, No. 09-1393, 6th Cir., 2010) 

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