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Discrimination or paranoia? Courts can distinguish

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Courts are beginning to get tough on employees who say they had no choice but to quit and then sue for alleged discrimination.

Recent case: Maria Pulido took a job with Village Discount Outlets, a chain of clothing resale shops. Her job was to sort clothing and then hang it on appropriate racks. On her seventh day of work, someone apparently vandalized her car, removing the tires. She requested a transfer, believing there was a plot against her at that location.

She was moved to another store, but walked out within an hour, alleging that the co-worker assigned to train her had left her alone. She then sued for discrimination.

The court tossed out the case because a reasonable employee would not have quit under the circumstances. (Pulido v. Village Discount Outlet, No. 09-C-4781, ND IL, 2010)

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