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Employer Not Liable for Racist Threats (access required)

Defendant airline wins summary judgment in an African-American female flight attendant’s suit alleging race discrimination and harassment based on her being questioned about rumors that African-American flight attendants were running a prostitution ring out of a flight base in Kuwait, ...

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Dismissal With Prejudice, But No Fee Award (access required)

A Lynchburg U.S. District Court dismisses an African-American pro se plaintiff’s failure-to-hire race discrimination suit for failure to comply with discovery, but declines to impose sanctions other than dismissal with prejudice. Despite repeated attempts to contact plaintiff, defendant has not ...

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Counting Doctor Visits for ‘Chronic’ Condition (access required)

A Harrisonburg U.S. District Court denies partial summary judgment to a plaintiff who alleges her mental health problems constituted a “chronic serious health condition” under the Family and Medical Leave Act. A “chronic serious health condition” under the FMLA is ...

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Woman Alleges Harassment by Firm IT Director (access required)

A female plaintiff has exhausted her claims for sexual harassment and hostile environment based on persistent advances by the director of information technology at an architectural firm, who allegedly coerced her into a sexual encounter; the Richmond U.S. District Court ...

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Company Fired for Hiring Competitor’s Employees (access required)

A company that sells medical equipment may sue a competitor that hired two of plaintiff’s former employees for tortious interference with contract and statutory business conspiracy; the Supreme Court of Virginia’s recent opinion in Dunlap v. Cottman Transmission Systems LLC ...

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