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You really should get it in writing

C. Porter Vaughan, Inc. v. DiLorenzo, Record No. 090110, ___ Va. ___ (February 25, 2010). Although not exactly an employment case, this decision addresses a topic that frequently arises in the employment context: the Statute of Frauds. The Statute of Frauds, loosely speaking, governs whether a contract must be in writing and signed in order…

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If you work for the state report fraud at your peril

Ligon v. County of Goochland, Record No. 090250, ___ Va.___ (February 25, 2010). Ligon, the plaintiff, alleged that his former employer, Goochland County, unlawfully terminated him from his employment in the County’s Building and Grounds Department and that he was entitled to relief under the “whistleblower protection” provision in the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act…

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Be careful what you ask for

Capital One Services, LLC, et al. v. Foster, Civil Action No. 3:09–CV–569 (E.D. Va., February 11, 2010). On September 11, 2009, Capital One sued Foster, alleging that Foster had (1) breached an agreement by using confidential information without permission, (2) had aided and abetted current Capital One employees to violate their fiduciary duties to Capital…

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If at first you don’t succeed

Bogan v. The Roomstore, Inc., Civil Action No. 3:09-cv-00705-HEH (E.D. Va., January 29, 2010). Bogan filed a complaint against The Roomstore, Inc., alleging that his employer discriminated against him because of his race. Bogan, who is black, alleged that he was terminated for initially refusing to take a drug test. Bogan alleged that he refused…