Protection against nuisance lawsuits for private citizens who report suspicions of terrorist activity was removed by Congressional Democratic leaders from homeland security legislation. Both houses of Congress had voted for similar provisions containing protection against nuisance lawsuits, but Democratic leaders removed the protections during conference committee deliberations. The Democratic leaders apparently believe that private citizens should be able to be sued based on bare allegations by terrorist suspects that they have engaged in racial profiling. Defeating even a meritless discrimination lawsuit is very expensive. For example, it costs an innocent defendant about $75,000 in legal bills, on average, to get a meritless employment discrimination lawsuit dismissed prior to trial via summary judgment.