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Jury will decide if employee agreed to arbitration

An employer said an employee agreed to arbitrate employment-related claims against the company, but the employee denied signing any such agreement. Now, a jury must decide if an agreement to arbitrate was reached. U.S. Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent of ...

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Rudeness not basis for hostile environment claim

Where an employee alleged her supervisor singled her out for criticism in front of other employees, embarrassed her in sales meetings, manufactured criticisms of her job performance and forced her to sign a document precluding her from filing a civil ...

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DSS director asserts she was terminated for speech

Where the director of the Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services, or DSS, was terminated two weeks after she spoke as a private citizen about community divisions affecting the delivery of social services in Pittsylvania County, a jury will decide ...

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Inapt comparators are fatal to gender bias suit

Where a Walmart store manager claimed she was paid less than male colleagues, but her alleged comparators worked in different departments, had different duties and dealt with different decisionmakers, she failed to state a prima facie case of gender bias ...

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Banks’ realty-referral program didn’t violate False Claims Act

Where information about the banks’ realty-referral programs was publicly disclosed, that information was the subject of the relators’ suit and the relators weren’t original sources, their False Claims Act suit was dismissed. Background Relators are real estate agents who allege ...

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Notifying parent about alleged abuse of minor isn’t IIED

Although an individual allegedly told the plaintiff that his minor daughter had been assaulted, the intentional infliction of emotional distress claim was dismissed because such conduct isn’t sufficiently outrageous. Background Momolu Sacker Sirleaf alleges that in 2005, while he was ...

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