When an employee can’t find an attorney to take up her case, she may resort to filing a lawsuit herself. Her complaint won’t be professional and may be short on logic.
That doesn’t mean you should ignore it. Instead, contact your attorney with the goal of getting much of the complaint dismissed as soon as possible.
Recent case: Deborah Nardella worked as a secretary for Philadelphia Gas Works. She is white and her supervisor is black. Nardella sued, representing herself, claiming black employees were favored and—oddly—that her files were frequently moved overnight.
The company quickly got some of her claims dismissed, including one that she was essentially being driven to distraction by the allegedly disappearing files.
However, it wasn’t so easy to get her discrimination charges tossed. The court allowed those claims to proceed. (Nardella v. Philadelphia Gas Works, No. 09-5629, ED PA, 2012)
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