In a case that shows there is justice for employers, a federal court has dismissed a discrimination complaint because the employee’s attorney literally copied the allegations from another case in another state against a different employer.
Recent case: Rosalind Brown, who is black, sued her former employer, Ameriprise Financial Services, on behalf of herself and all other similarly situated black employees. The complaint was long and included impressive details such as claims the company had specific written guidelines that permitted pay disparities. She also included allegations that the higher up in the organization employees rose, the greater the disparity between black employees’ pay and that of white employees.
When Ameriprise began investigating the complaints, staffers became puzzled because it had none of the specific rules alleged in Brown’s lawsuit. Nor did its own internal analysis show widening pay gaps between racial groups.
Ameriprise attorneys grew suspicious during Brown’s deposition, when she couldn’t back up many of the allegations about widespread discrimination in salaries.
It turned out that the complaint was—word for word—exactly like one that had been filed against Coca-Cola a decade earlier and which had been dismissed.
Ameriprise asked the court to throw out the case. The court agreed, calling the copying equivalent to lying to the court. It’s fine for lawyers to seek legal inspiration in other lawsuits, but they can’t just copy them. (Brown v. Ameriprise, No. 09-2413, DC MN, 2011)
Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!
Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...
We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.
The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.
" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/29353/court-to-lawyers-no-you-cant-just-copy-an-old-lawsuit-and-expect-to-win "
- Develop, implement and publicize policies that encourage employees to report harassment
- Watch out if your reorg affects only one worker
- Change company culture to stop sex bias suits
- Don't fall into the retaliation trap! Have solid reason for firing complainer
- This would so require Don Draper to fix a drink