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Wife’s relationship with boyfriend was not marriage (access required)

Where the parties’ settlement agreement provided that wife would no longer get a portion of husband’s retirement benefits if she remarried, her relationship with her boyfriend was not a “marriage” as defined by the settlement agreement.  ‘Marriage’ defined “Agreements between ...

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Contracts with VA entity establishes jurisdiction (access required)

Where out-of-state companies contracted with a Virginia-based corporation to implement uniform practices, including the practices that resulted in the alleged Fair Labor Standard Act violations at issue in this suit, the court could exercise jurisdiction over the foreign defendants. Background ...

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Alleged comments can’t support employee’s claim (access required)

Where a Black female employee alleged that coworkers touched her hair and a supervisor criticized it and made other offensive comments about it, her hostile work environment claim was dismissed because the allegations did not show conduct “because of” her ...

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Deficient performance dooms discrimination claims (access required)

Where an employee alleged that he was terminated because of his race and disability, but the record showed that he was not meeting his employer’s legitimate expectations for several months, the employer prevailed on the discrimination claims. Background Johnny W. ...

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Bank employee terminated for performance reasons (access required)

Where a bank employee did not meet her employer’s legitimate performance expectations, her poor performance, and not her race or prior complaints, was the reason for her termination. Background Sherita Hayes worked for Sonabank until it terminated her employment for ...

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Jury to decide if officers committed assault, battery (access required)

Where a man involved in a traffic stop sued the officers for assault and battery and false imprisonment, the reasonableness of the officers’ actions was a jury question and Virginia sovereign immunity did not apply to intentional torts, the officers’ ...

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Detainee alleges widespread issues about medical care (access required)

Where a detainee alleged that he was denied medical care despite several communications with jail officials, and discovery could reveal evidence of widespread issues concerning medical care at the Chesapeake Correctional Center, a municipal liability claim survived the motion to ...

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