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Good news: Courts reluctant to appoint free attorneys

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources,Leaders & Managers,Management Training

Even if it’s all in their heads, some employees think their co-workers and supervisors are out to get them. If they’re unable to find an attorney willing to take the case, they’ll often file the lawsuit themselves, asking the court to find and pay for an attorney.

Fortunately, fewer and fewer judges are granting those requests.

Recent case:
Barbara Quering sued her employer over alleged sexual harassment she said had been perpetuated by a group of 21 co-workers. She said management ignored the problem. Her charges weren’t terribly specific, and she asked for a court-appointed lawyer.

The judge denied her request, saying she had to amend her complaint with specifics or he would dismiss the lawsuit. (Quering v. Bank of Florida, No. 2:08-CV-627, MD FL, 2009)

Final note: Don’t be tempted to handle such lawsuits without counsel, too. A good lawyer can hasten dismissal.

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