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Removal from government contract was not religious discrimination (access required)

The court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on the plaintiff’s religious discrimination claims because there was no evidence the defendant’s conduct was because of the plaintiff’s religion. Background Ann Bender was an employee of a private corporation (SAVA), working ...

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Company can pursue ex-employee for retained property, trade secrets (access required)

Because an employer did not abandon its claim that a former employee breached his employment agreement by retaining company property after resignation, the district court erred in dismissing the claim. And because the employer took steps to maintain the secrecy ...

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Contractor must pay pension fund for journeymen, apprentices (access required)

An air conditioning contractor that allegedly failed to make required contributions on behalf of journeymen and apprentice plumbers and pipefitters was found liable to the pension fund for liquidated damages, interest from the date the payments were due and attorney ...

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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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