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Engineer’s PIP Was ‘Materially Adverse Action’ (access required)

A NASA research engineer can try his claims for national origin and religion discrimination under Title VII; emails with his supervisor demonstrated “protected activity” and the conditions placed on a performance improvement plan rendered the PIP a “materially adverse action,” ...

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Firefighter Fired for Social Media Violations (access required)

Plaintiff, a county fire department battalion chief terminated for activity on his personal Facebook page the department said “had racial overtones and was insensitive and derogatory in nature” and showed “repeated insolence and insubordination,” in violation of the department’s social ...

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Court Upholds Virginia Capital Sentencing Laws (access required)

A Virginia defendant cannot overturn his 2011 death sentence based on a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court declaring unconstitutio nal Florida’s capital-sentencing scheme, in which a jury renders an “advisory sentence” but a judge must independently weigh the aggravating and mitigating ...

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