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Patience a winning virtue when employee sues pro se

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Some employees don’t let the lack of a real case stand in their way. They’re going to sue—even if they have to act as their own lawyers. If an employee decides to proceed pro se—without an attorney—be patient. Trust that the case will end up being dismissed.

Recent case: Kevin Bruce worked for the U.S. Postal Service and had a contentious relationship with another mail carrier. The co-worker filed for a protective order, claiming Bruce was following her on her routes and calling her constantly.

When Bruce was fired after a series of incidents (including carrying weapons and biting a patron), he sued, alleging discrimination.

He represented himself, providing the court with tons of “evidence,” none of it relevant to his claim. The court tossed out the case after considering the employer’s evidence that showed legitimate concerns about Bruce. (Bruce v. Potter, No. 2:08-CV-371, SD OH, 2010)

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