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Tag Archives: Employment Discrimination

Fire chief terminated for unauthorized truck purchase (access required)

Where a battalion fire chief alleged he was terminated because of his age, but the record showed he was fired after he made an unauthorized purchase of a “brush truck,” the county was awarded summary judgment. Background Botetourt County hired ...

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Nursing employee’s ADA claim can go forward (access required)

Where a skilled nursing facility employee alleged her medical issues prevented her from pulling, pushing and tugging on patients, but that she could perform the essential functions of wound care coordinator if given reasonable accommodation, her disability discrimination claim survives ...

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Former Richmond teacher alleges race discrimination (access required)

Where a Black teacher alleged a school principal elevated her teaching assistant over her while not interfering in the relationship between other white teachers and their assistants, she plausibly alleged a claim for race discrimination. Background Sherie Ashanti, a Black ...

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Research assistant’s retaliation claims dismissed (access required)

Where a graduate research assistant alleged that the University of Virginia retaliated against him after he complained about his advisor’s conduct, but there was almost one year between his complaint and the next alleged adverse action, and it was nearly ...

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University not entitled to ministerial exception (access required)

Where a Liberty University art professor alleged her contract was not renewed because of her age, the university is not protected by the ministerial exception. The professor’s title, functions and how she held herself out all supported a conclusion that ...

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Equal Pay claim turns on wage rate, not total compensation (access required)

Where an employee alleges she was paid less than male comparators, the court should only consider an employee’s base salary or wage rate, and not additional compensation like commissions. Background This appeal arises from the district court’s grant of summary ...

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Inapt comparators doom Equal Pay Act claim (access required)

Where a Virginia Department of Transportation coordinator alleged she was paid less than male coordinators, but the alleged comparators worked in a different regional district, and each of the department’s nine districts makes its own compensation decisions, her Equal Pay ...

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Paid leave is not an ‘unfavorable personnel action’ (access required)

Where a bank employee was placed on paid leave after she complained about her colleagues’ conduct, her allegation that the bank violated the antiretaliation provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, or SOX, fails. Placing an employee on paid administrative leave does ...

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Disregard of court orders nets default judgment (access required)

An employee who filed an employment discrimination claim against his former employer was prejudiced when the company failed to respond to discovery despite repeated motions and court orders. U.S. District Judge Roderick C. Young rejected the defendant’s argument that discovery ...

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