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Court blocks free appeal of frivolous claim

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

When disgruntled applicants or former employees file frivolous lawsuits, they often act as their own lawyers in court. So-called pro se litigants can’t go far unless the court agrees to waive their court fees. To stop meritless cases from clogging up appeals dockets, more and more federal judges are refusing to waive court fees.

Recent case: Reginald Hunter claimed he wasn’t hired by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs be­­cause he is disabled. He also claimed his test scores, though low, were faked. Hunter represented himself.

The trial judge dismissed his case because he cited no facts. Then the judge said an appeal could not be undertaken in good faith; he refused to allow Hunter to appeal without paying the hefty filing fees. (Hunter v. Department of Veterans Affairs, No. 1:11-CV-2065, ND OH, 2011)

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