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WDVA: Diversity-based school staffing claims survive dismissal (access required)

A white high school principal can proceed with discrimination claims against the school board, which allegedly demoted her after the superintendent implied that school staff should “look like” the student body. Background Plaintiff Angela Weinerth is a white female over ...

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4th Cir.: Fired officers’ due process claims can proceed (access required)

Under clearly established law, publication of public safety officers’ allegedly defamatory termination letters to the media before holding a name-clearing hearing supported the officers’ claims of due process violations. Background During the summer of 2014, Officers with the Bald Head ...

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CAV: State worker had notice of benefit forfeiture (access required)

The Virginia Retirement System correctly held that a public employee forfeited credited service under the Workforce Transition Act when he resumed employment with the Commonwealth in a covered position. Background In 2009, after about 25 years of employment, Appellant Sundersingh ...

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WDVA: Ex-employer must arbitrate breach-of-contract claims (access required)

In bringing breach-of-contract and -fiduciary-duty claims against a former employee who took a job with a competitor, an insurance company will be held to the arbitration clause contained in its agent agreement. Background In 2009, Defendant Ryan Gillenwater became an ...

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EDVA: Non-compete enforceable, despite blue-pencil terms (access required)

A legal services company was entitled to a preliminary injunction against its former Chief Customer Officer, who resigned and began soliciting the company’s clients. The non-solicit and non-compete clauses in his employee agreement were reasonable and enforceable, notwithstanding separable blue-pencil ...

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WDVA: Retaliation suit named wrong statute (access required)

A plaintiff alleging retaliation by his employer for an earlier charge of discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act could not rely solely on the retaliation provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The statutes protect different ...

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EDVA: Age discrimination suit proceeds as class action (access required)

An ADEA class was conditionally certified in a suit asserting that a school system declined to rehire older employees for IT positions. Background Plaintiff Joseph Andreana has been employed with Defendant Virginia Beach City Public Schools for over 28 years, ...

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4th Cir.: Insurers owed no duty to solicit supporting documents (access required)

A life insurance company was under no fiduciary duty to solicit required additional materials from the insured party in order to approve his coverage level, even though his employer had been deducting premium payments for the unapproved amount. Background Steven ...

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