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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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‘Showing Up’ Is Essential Job Requirement (access required)

A Russian linguist hired as an instructor for the Department of Defense who had chronic attendance problems and ultimately was terminated for being AWOL cannot sue for disability discrimination based on her fear of flying; the Alexandria U.S. District Court ...

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