Res judicata knocks out retaliation lawsuit

Here we learn a few lessons about refiling your claims and the limits to repeatedly prosecuting your case in federal court. The plaintiff's case is dismissed because the second lawsuit was not much different from the first, which the court had already dismissed on the merits.The case is Soules v. State of Connecticut, decided on February 8. Plaintiff was a police officer who claims his Town employer harassed, discriminated and retaliated against him based on his disabilities, military service and his protected complaints. After he filed the lawsuit, he was fired, so plaintiff filed an administrative complaint with the Connecticut Human Rights Office, the local version of the EEOC. Meanwhile, the federal complaint was dismissed under Rule 12. When that happened, plaintiff filed a second lawsuit, claiming he was fired in retaliation for filing the first lawsuit.This sequence of events probably happens quite often, but I have never thought about the consequences of the second…

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