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Pet-sitting did not disprove disability

A workers’ comp claimant did not forfeit benefits by pet-sitting while awaiting surgery, the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission ruled Feb. 5. Claimant Karen Selden injured her knee while carrying clothing from the dressing room of the Kohl’s department store where ...

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Most common EEOC charge: retaliation

Retaliation claims topped the hit parade for discrimination claims filed with the Equal Employment Commission in 2014, the agency reported on Feb. 4, and figures for Virginia were in line with national numbers. The agency released comprehensive private-sector figures for ...

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Destroyed evidence may lead to dismissal

A Norfolk federal court wants to know more about destroyed evidence in a products liability suit involving java giant Starbucks and a Virginia vendor of leisure furniture. The coffee company faces possible dismissal of design defect claims for chairs used ...

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