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EDVA: Letter to EEOC didn’t exhaust administrative remedies (access required)

After filing a charge of discrimination, a Bed Bath & Beyond manager sent a separate letter alleging that her supervisor encouraged her husband to cheat and retaliated when she complained. A federal court held that these claims weren’t part of ...

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EDVA: Experience insufficient to qualify expert witness (access required)

In an age discrimination suit, a federal court struck the plaintiff’s designation of a human resources expert whose opinion was based only on 30 years’ experience in the field, but no reliable principles or methods cited. Background Plaintiff Angela Georges ...

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WDVA: Subpoena for attorney emails, work product quashed (access required)

In a teacher’s pay discrimination suit, emails and salary-comparison documents created by the school board’s attorney were privileged, even if created for pre-litigation settlement discussions. Background Plaintiff Debra Colley worked for Defendant Dickenson County public school system from 2007 until ...

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WDVA: Disabled vet’s disparate-treatment claim is triable (access required)

A veteran who later went to work for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, but whose employment was later terminated, presented genuine issues of material fact as to whether she was an individual with a disability and whether the VA’s ...

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EDVA: Separation was due to absences, not disability (access required)

Although the plaintiff’s employment was terminated a matter of days after she disclosed her disability, her much-longer history of excessive absences — unrelated to her disability — constituted a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason for separation. Background On April 22, 2013, Plaintiff ...

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ADEA claim fails after “sham affidavit” ruling (access required)

A federal district judge granted defendants summary judgment after striking the plaintiff’s post-deposition declaration. The court found “egregious” inconsistencies between the declaration and prior deposition testimony. Background Plaintiff Kimberly S. Moore worked as a hospital admissions clerk since 1991. Defendant ...

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WDVA: Contract’s USERRA waiver could be invalid (access required)

A veteran waived his right to bring USERRA claims against his employer by signing a general release in a severance agreement, but further inquiry was necessary as to how the consideration for this release compared to benefits he would have ...

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WDVA: ADEA claim fails after “sham affidavit” ruling (access required)

A federal district judge granted defendants summary judgment after striking the plaintiff’s post-deposition declaration. The court found “egregious” inconsistencies between the declaration and prior deposition testimony. Background Plaintiff Kimberly S. Moore worked as a hospital admissions clerk since 1991. Defendant ...

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WDVA: Jury to consider hostile-work-environment claim (access required)

An African-American employee, fired based on her employer’s reasonable belief that she had mishandled company funds, can proceed to trial on her claim of hostile work environment based on both race and sex, despite evidence that she failed to disclose ...

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4th Cir.: Termination unrelated to offensive comments (access required)

Despite his supervisor’s racially-tinged comments, a VDOT employee’s termination was not plausibly connected to racial or religious discrimination but was instead the result of unsatisfactory performance. Background Appellant Sinan Rayyan is a Muslim Arab-American who worked as a professional engineer ...

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