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Why the spike in pro se cases? Courts are helping employees

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More employees are acting as their own attorneys when they sue employers or prospective employers. The reason may be simple: Word is getting around that some federal courts are making it easy to do.

Recent case: Petra, who is black, tried to sue an out-of-state company herself, alleging that it denied her a work-from-home job either because of her age or race. She filed a pro se complaint alleging that she saw an advertisement for the “job” and sent in a money order to pay for shipping an allegedly free computer to her home. It never arrived.

The court explained that she didn’t have an employment claim, but perhaps a fraud one and directed her to the court’s pro se clinic, which operates in the courthouse 15 hours per week. (Parker v. Weiss, 13-08441, CD CA, 2014)

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