Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Attorney Sanctioned In Employment Discrimination Case For Failing To Conduct Reasonable Investigation
Worrell v.Houston Can! Academy, ____F.3d____(5th Cir. 2008), serves to remind us that attorneys cannot file pleadings in federal court without first conducting a reasonable investigation. Here, the plaintiff's attorney was sanction $6,000 for failing to conduct an investigation with respect to who plaintiffs correct employer was. The plaintiff's lawyer, an associate in a lawfirm, named the company's parent as the employer even though the web site, which the attorney checked, specifically stated that it did not manage or operate plaintiffs true employer.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein