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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 ...

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Claim not barred by release agreement (access required)

Although an employee signed a general release agreement, the employer was not entitled to summary judgment because there is dispute whether the agreement provided rights more beneficial than under the law. Background James Tolle filed this employment discrimination action under ...

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N-word use prompts hostile environment claim (access required)

The court found an employee’s claims that her supervisor’s use of the N-word, together with evidence of race-based comments and conduct, supported a hostile work environment claim, but that the conduct and mistreatment were not so intolerant as to support ...

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Former teacher brings bias claims against school board (access required)

Although some claims against a school board were dismissed, a teacher alleged facts sufficient to infer she was the victim of race and age discrimination. Background Dannetta Spellman has filed an amended complaint in which she alleges the School Board ...

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Production of documents waived privilege (access required)

Because a school superintendent’s production of documents waived the right of privilege on records produced before a certain date, a former employee claiming gender-based wage bias may review them. Background In this action by a former public school employee claiming ...

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Benefits denied for safety rules violation (access required)

Where a Goodwill driver willfully violated his employer’s known safety rules, he is denied workers’ compensation benefits. Background Appellant was employed by Rappahannock Goodwill. On Oct. 10, 2016, appellant sustained injuries while unloading donated goods from a company truck. Appellant ...

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Onerous provisions removed from FLSA settlement (access required)

Employees settled Fair Labor Standards Act claims regarding overtime pay after the court required removal of “unreasonable” provisions on confidentiality and liquidated damages. Background On July 14, 2015, plaintiff Wayne Brockman filed his initial complaint against defendants Keystone Newport News ...

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