Courts seem to be losing patience with so-called pro se lawsuits in which workers act as their own lawyers to sue and provide no specifics about alleged employer wrongdoing.
Recent case: Owen sued his employer, Jimmie John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, alleging retaliation for protected activity. He had earlier filed an EEOC complaint in which he claimed his employer had punished him for filing an unrelated medical malpractice lawsuit. The punishment apparently involved being sent home early on two days.
The court quickly tossed out the case, noting that the malpractice lawsuit had nothing to do with the employer. Plus, being sent home early two times is hardly retaliation. (Creque v. Jimmie John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, No. 5:13-CV-727, ED NC, 2014)
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