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Unemployed Woman Sues College — Does She Have a Case?

It might be a first. Twenty-seven-year-old Trina Thompson filed a lawsuit against Monroe College for $70,000, the total of her tuition, with the claim that her alma mater has failed to deliver on its promises.

She graduated in April with a bachelor's degree in IT and hasn't yet found employment, a fact that she blames on the lack of leads and career advice from Monroe. A spokesman for the school insists the lawsuit is without merit. Do you think Trina has a case?

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luvluvg luvluvg 8 years
I think not! Employment after college is certainly not solely based on the college helping you. If it were, then she might have a case.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
What a crock of BS. Yep. I agree with everyone. 2.7 GPA is NOT impressive. She should use this time she used spent on lawyer and lawsuit for finding a job.
babysoftpink babysoftpink 8 years
Rather than spending time and money on the law suit, won't it be better if she focuses her efforts on job searching? Anyone can find a job if she so want it. Just need to be positive instead on blaming everyone else including her school.
WeTheLiving WeTheLiving 8 years
My morning radio show discussed this a few days ago and it's just sooo ridiculous!! The college career center does not promise to get you a job. And that's not their responsibility, they are there to help you search and apply for jobs, not to do all the work! Besides, she could probably get A job, maybe not the job she wants, but some job. I can't even imagine this case will make it to court, and if it does I'd be one pissed off juror wasting my time with this. I hadn't heard about the 2.7 gpa, but that is not impressive at all. Don't most majors require a minimum 3.0 gpa? And imo, this isn't going to help with her job search. Who wants to hire someone who is lawsuit happy?
Deidre Deidre 8 years
Thanks for posting this story, Savvy, I needed a laugh this morning :) What a friggin joke this woman is...
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
2.7 at a not well-known school? wow. i hope she loses and never finds a job. i wouldn't hire her after hearing she tried to sue her school!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Sheesh, whatever happened to PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY?? I can only imagine how she comes off in an interview. :oy:
mek123 mek123 8 years
I agree with everyone else who posted, she has entitlement issues here. School is for education not job placement.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
haha i wouldn't advertise a 2.7 GPA
MrsRachel MrsRachel 8 years
Wow. 2.7 and she thinks she's all that? Wow. When I was looking for my first job after college (which I got after tons of pavement pounding!) every website, guidance counselor, library assistant, etc, said that unless GPA was OVER 3.8 don't even mention it! What a fat, lazy, selfish, self-centered, entitled country this has become!
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
So does this mean my husband should sue his college because they told him his chosen field would be year-round and he hasn't had work for 4 days because they're slow? I LOL'ed at "any potential employer would pounce on someone with a 2.7 GPA". She reminds me of the lady who was trying to sue Sally Hansen because SHE microwaved hot wax til it was literally boiling over in the jar and still applied it. DUMBASS. Next moron please!
berichard berichard 8 years
If she just put that energy into finding a job, she might not need to sue anymore.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
2.7. LOL Riiiight, and it's the SCHOOL's fault that she can't find a job. :)
luna08 luna08 8 years
What a whiner. 2.7? Seriously?
Alithyra Alithyra 8 years
I saw this first this morning. Still: Seriously? And a 2.7 is not impressive. That is barely above a 'C' average and therefore barely above average. Career advisement centers do not come with job guarantees. "Life is what happens when we are busy making other plans."
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Spectra - there's one right here. I work serving despite my BA. Unless there was a contract guaranteeing employment as a result of her degree, I don't think she can realistically expect to win this. I'm shocked a lawyer took this. (S)He must expect the school to decide it's not worth fighting and settle out of court.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 8 years
She has no case. I know so many people in this situation, myself included. Unfortunately, they promise you an education not a job.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
If every underemployed/unemployed college grad sued their alma mater, every school in the nation would be flat broke. I know SO many people who graduated with bachelor's degrees and now work in fast food or retail because that's the only job they could find.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Colleges keep attendance records? Since when? Anyway, this is ridiculous. I guess it's easier to find someone to blame than to really get out and pound the pavement (or, heaven forbid, to take a retail or food service job until something more ideal comes along).
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
From CNN: "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." Maybe she should start looking for work in Lala Land, since that's clearly where she lives!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I agree with Zivanoid.
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
Unless a school says they guarantee a job withiin x amount of month, there is no case. A school is only meant to educate you, not to land you a job.
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