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Courts want details–even from pro se litigants

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When employees represent themselves in court, their court documents are often woefully short on specifics. More courts are getting aggressive, quickly tossing out these pro se cases.

That’s good news for employers. They stand to save thousands in legal bills that they would otherwise have to spend defending frivolous lawsuits.

Recent case: When a Food Lion employee was fired for refusing to work as scheduled on Sundays, he responded with a lawsuit. In it, he alleged discrimination on the basis of race and religion, and claimed that white co-workers and managers had harassed him. But that’s all his complaint included.

The court threw it out, concluding that without specifics, it wouldn’t make the employer defend itself. (Land vs. Food Lion, No. 3:12-CV-00006, WD NC, 2012)

Final note: Always take every lawsuit seriously, even when an employee acts as his or her own attorney.

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