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Court loses patience with frivolous lawsuits

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Do you have an employee who’s threatening to sue if you discipline him? Don’t let that prevent legitimate discipline.  

Recent case: Steven sued his former employer, Jones Retail Apparel, after he was fired for two separate incidents that left female employees feeling uncomfortable.

First, he told a stock clerk to stop “dancing” while she shelved merchandise because it made him feel uncomfortable as a “Christian minister.” Second, when a customer wanted to purchase a belt for his wife, Steven called two female co-workers over so the customer could compare them to his wife even though he knew her size.

The court said Steven had no grounds for his lawsuit, tossed it out and told him that he could not file an appeal. (Simon v. Jones Retail Apparel, No. 12-Civ-3365, ED NY, 2012)

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