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Would you hire this person?
I sure as hell wouldn't. She's a walking lawsuit;

It's been three months, she can't find a job so she sues her school. Her GPA of 2.7 and "solid attendance record" should make her a prime catch for any employer. NOT!

NEW YORK (CNN) -- A recent college graduate is suing her alma mater for $72,000 -- the full cost of her tuition and then some -- because she cannot find a job.

Trina Thompson has sued her alma mater, Monroe College of New York.

Trina Thompson, 27, of the Bronx, graduated from New York's Monroe College in April with a bachelor of business administration degree in information technology.

On July 24, she filed suit against the college in Bronx Supreme Court, alleging that Monroe's "Office of Career Advancement did not help me with a full-time job placement. I am also suing them because of the stress I have been going through."

The college responded that it offers job-search support to all its students.

In her complaint, Thompson says she seeks $70,000 in reimbursement for her tuition and $2,000 to compensate for the stress of her three-month job search.

As Thompson sees it, any reasonable employer would pounce on an applicant with her academic credentials, which include a 2.7 grade-point average and a solid attendance record. But Monroe's career-services department has put forth insufficient effort to help her secure employment, she claims.

"They're supposed to say, 'I got this student, her attendance is good, her GPA is all right -- can you interview this person?' They're not doing that," she said.

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Thompson said she has fulfilled her end of the job-search bargain, peppering companies listed on Monroe's e-recruiting site with cover letters, résumés and phone calls. But no more than two employers have responded to her outreach, and those leads have borne no fruit.

Her complaint adds, "The office of career advancement information technology counselor did not make sure their Monroe e-recruiting clients call their graduates that recently finished college for an interview to get a job placement. They have not tried hard enough to help me."

She suggested that Monroe's Office of Career Advancement shows preferential treatment to students with excellent grades. "They favor more toward students that got a 4.0. They help them more out with the job placement," she said. iReport.com: "Don't sue your alma mater"

Monroe College released a statement saying that "while it is clear that no college, especially in this economy, can guarantee employment, Monroe College remains committed to working with all its students, including Ms. Thompson, who graduated only three months ago, to prepare them for careers and to support them during their job search."

Thompson says she has not hired an attorney to represent her because she cannot afford one. When she filed her complaint, she also filed a "poor person order," which exempts her from filing fees associated with the lawsuit.

Asked whether she would advise other college graduates facing job woes to sue their alma maters, Thompson said yes.

"It doesn't make any sense: They went to school for four years, and then they come out working at McDonald's and Payless. That's not what they planned.


Better still, read the lawsuit for yourself - http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/08/03/thompson.pdf
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overlord_mordax From: overlord_mordax Date: August 4th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

*head desk*
lithiumnature From: lithiumnature Date: August 4th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm convinced it is a strong case... I especially liked how she phrased her legal claim. Her theory of the case was very clear.
caliantrias From: caliantrias Date: August 4th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you should call her and offer her your services pro bono
mojave_wolf From: mojave_wolf Date: August 4th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used to be employed. Now I am not. It's only been two months, but I think I am going to sue on a similar theory.

I'm going to add Bush, Cheny, Obama, Biden and each individual member of Congress for the last 8 years as separate defendents for not doing enough to improve the economy, and in fact letting it rot through their neglect (yeah, I know, immunity doctrines, but who cares? they don't care about the constitution or the Geneva convention, I don't care about any applicable immunity doctrines). And Goldman Sachs for their role in this mess. And all the large banks and brokerages. And all the media conglomerates.

Give me time, I can makea waaay more compelling a case than she has . . .
caliantrias From: caliantrias Date: August 4th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
mojave_wolf From: mojave_wolf Date: August 4th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
this raises the question of whether one could file criminal charges against God in those jurisdicitons where there are "duty to rescue" statutes . . .
caliantrias From: caliantrias Date: August 4th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
No. Same problem - lack of jurisdiction over a sovereign entity.
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