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Courts crack down on serial plaintiffs—and their lawyers

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Some fired employees, unable to move on, file multiple lawsuits against their former employers. If that happens to you, take heart. Courts are starting to drop these cases early. They’re even beginning to consider sanctions against employees’ attorneys.

Recent case: Rebecca Vlasek sued Wal-Mart after it fired her when her name turned up on a sex-offender registry. She apparently had been involved with a student while working as a teacher.

Vlasek sued, alleging disability discrimination, among others claims. After that case was dismissed, she tried again—this time charging sex discrimination based on her claims that Wal-Mart hadn’t fired men on the sex-offender registry.

The court tossed out Vlasek’s case because she filed it too late. Although the court declined to fine the attorney this time, it warned others it might next time. (Vlasek v. Wal-Mart, No.H-08-3362, SD TX, 2009)

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