When employees act as their own lawyers, they are known as pro se litigants. Some federal courts are tiring of having to process long-winded pro se complaints. In fact, a federal judge just tossed out a lawsuit based on its length and “purple prose.”
Recent case: Kristin taught poetry at Macalester College. She was also the diversity director. She allegedly began a sexual relationship with a former student and was terminated. Apparently unable to find an attorney who would take her case, Kristin used her writing skills to file an 88-page discrimination complaint in federal court.
The court tossed it out, noting that it contained “purple prose and personal invective” while detailing every alleged slight she had experienced at the college. That, the court concluded, was unreasonable and merited dismissal. (Naca v. Macalester College, No. 16-CV-3263, DC MN, 2016)