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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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Disability Benefits Ended Without Claimant Exam (access required)

Although claimant had been receiving long-term disability benefits and life-insurance premium waiver benefits under his employer’s ERISA plan, he still had the burden to prove his continuing disability from his spinal ailments; the Lynchburg U.S. District Court upholds the termination ...

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No ‘Negligent Supervision’ Claim for Manager (access required)

A Lynchburg U.S. District Court exercises supplemental jurisdiction over a state law claim in plaintiff’s Title VII case, but dismisses her claim for negligent supervision, as that tort is not recognized under Virginia law. Plaintiff, an African-American female, was employed ...

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Manager’s Hugs, Comments Not ‘Hostile’ (access required)

Although a male store manager hugged female employees and commented on their clothing, make-up and general appearance, and also directed such comments to plaintiff, a female management trainee, plaintiff has only referenced rude or unprofessional comments, at worst, and defendant ...

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