Judges tend to bend over backward to help so-called pro se litigants—individuals who decide to represent themselves in court. That can spell trouble for employers, even if it’s almost certain the case has no merit and will eventually be tossed out. The court will probably give the plaintiff a chance to correct problems with his complaint and make his case.
Sometimes, an employer’s best bet is to settle for a small amount—or urge the former employee to find an attorney.
Recent case: William was fired when he failed a drug test following a workplace accident. He sued, and in a rambling complaint, alleged race discrimination. The judge dismissed some claims but gave William another chance to redo the complaint and clarify his grievances. Result: The employer had to spend even more time and money on defense. (Jones v. Lehigh Southwest Cement, No. 1:12-CV-0633, ED CA, 2012)
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/34406/employee-acts-as-own-lawyer-consider-cutting-your-losses "