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Bad Job References Were ‘Speculative’ (access required)

A former employee of a government contractor may not sue for defamation based on her speculative assertions that defendant’s employees gave negative telephone references to potential employers; the Alexandria U.S. District Court grants summary judgment to defendant employer. Plaintiff’s only ...

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Sales Rep Fired for False Records, Not HR Complaint (access required)

An African-American woman who complained about questions from contract marketing employees about whether she liked watermelon and whether there were still “crack hoes running around” Harlem, where plaintiff had family, was not terminated because of her complaints but because she ...

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EEOC Charge on Work Assignments Covers Training Denial (access required)

An EEOC charge alleging employer gave more arduous work assignments to black employees matches up with plaintiff’s judicial complaint alleging discriminatory denial of training and promotion, but the Newport News U.S. District questions the charge covering plaintiff’s claim of denial ...

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Credibility Finding Cites ‘Halting’ Testimony (access required)

A claimant denied unemployment benefits on employer’s statement that claimant failed to report for work and never again contacted employer has his case remanded by the Norfolk Circuit Court to the Virginia Employment Commission for further review; the Appeals Examiner ...

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Age Bias Claim Fails for Faulty Remedy (access required)

Adopting the magistrate judge’s recommendation, a Harrisonburg U.S. District Court dismisses plaintiff’s age discrimination complaint for failure to demand available relief; the pro se plaintiff has a plausible claim but she failed to meet minimum pleading standards when she asked ...

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No Injunction on Accounting Noncompete (access required)

A Norfolk Circuit Court denies plaintiff employer’s motion for a preliminary injunction in this suit alleging violation of a noncompete agreement. When assessing the function element of noncompete clauses, the court determines whether the prohibited activity is of the same ...

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