Employees who lose their jobs often think the reason just has to be discrimination. Their first stop after receiving their pink slips: a lawyer’s office. If the resulting lawsuit is meritless, push hard for dismissal.
Recent case: Shannon Wagoner and two of her former co-workers at Dakota’s Roadhouse sued for discrimination when they were terminated.
Wagoner testified she had been fired because she tore up the company’s posted notice on its revised smoking policy. Another woman said she was fired for running extra money on a customer’s credit card. Yet another couldn’t explain why she was fired.
None could cite factors pointing to discrimination as the motive. The court tossed out their case. (Wagoner, et al., v. Dakota’s Roadhouse, No. 1:08-CV-680, SD OH, 2010)