Beware! Courts giving more leeway to employees who act as their own attorneys

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,Human Resources

The employment law cases hardest to handle are often those in which an applicant or employee doesn’t have an attorney. Those employees often file complaints and lawsuits containing what seem like out-of-the-blue allegations. With no one knowledgeable to help, they throw in irrelevant claims.

Plus, employers that want to resolve the complaints or settle lawsuits often find such legal opponents extremely difficult to negotiate with, simply because the employee doesn’t know how.

Now federal judges seem to be exacerbating the problem by giving unrepresented litigants every benefit of the doubt. Two recent cases show that leeway may even include letting slide missed deadlines.

Recent case No. 1: Milton Nobles, who is black, filed an EEOC complaint alleging that because of his race his employer reassigned him to the third shift and counseled him about his work performance.

The EEOC dismissed the case, which technica...(register to read more)

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