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Unauthorized use of personnel files not ‘protected’ (access required)

The unauthorized inspection and copying of personnel files by a sheriff’s office employee in support of her discrimination claim was in violation of a valid, generally-applicable state law prohibiting such conduct and did not constitute “protected activity” sufficient to support a retaliation suit. Background Catherine Netter, a black Muslim woman, worked for the Sheriff’s Office in Guilford ...