Courts are losing patience with employees who act as their own lawyers in discrimination cases but don’t complain to the EEOC before filing lawsuits. A federal court recently gave such a pro se litigant just 15 days to prove she had first gone to the commission.
Recent case: Diana filed a massive complaint against a former employer (and 150 other defendants!) in federal court. The judge handling the case quickly ordered her to provide proof that she had already filed complaints against the defendants with the EEOC. When Diane didn’t respond within 15 days, the court tossed out all her claims. (Schulte v. Stewart Title, et al., No. 4:1S-CV-172, SD TX, 2015)
Final note: Never assume that judges will act immediately to crack down on obviously frivolous cases. Engage your attorney right away, and make sure you meet all court deadlines.