Hiding from lawsuit

October 21, 2011 

I love UNC-Chapel Hill, but sometimes we have to tell the ones we love they are wrong. As you explained in an Oct. 20 article, the attorney representing UNC in Amanda Hulon's harassment suit sought to dismiss the complaint because Hulon had failed to fully complete UNC's grievance procedure.

OK, it is not particularly fair for a large institution to deny a low-wage employee her day in court by hiding behind a complicated grievance policy, but the law is the law.

However, the attorney went on to assert that UNC is not trying to obstruct Hulon's right to have her complaints investigated and heard in court. What? That is exactly what you are trying to do with a motion to dismiss.

Let's be honest here - the main reason these grievance procedures exist is to discourage lawsuits. How? They make it so hard for a person to get through them that the person just gives up, or in this case, trips up.

If UNC wants to follow the trend of building lawsuit waiver traps under the guise of grievance policies, so be it. However, don't insult our intelligence by claiming it isn't "trying to run and hide." It is.

Jarvis Edgerton

UNC J.D., 2000


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