As the economy slumps, expect more lawsuits from employees who lose their jobs. Many won’t find lawyers because their cases are flimsy. They may then file the lawsuit themselves.
Fortunately, courts are beginning to lose patience with such cases—and are tossing them out fast.
Recent case: Donald Allen, who is black, sued his former employer after he was fired from his job as a police officer. The police department terminated him because he broke down his former girlfriend’s door, frightening her.
Allen sued, alleging race discrimination. The federal court considering his case quickly tossed it out when it was clear he had nothing to connect his discharge to his race. (Allen v. Grand Prairie, No. 3:07-CV-1917, ND TX, 2009)
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