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You can’t substitute employee say-so for accurate time records, unless you’re the employee.

Lopez v. Asmar’s Mediterranean Food, Inc., Civil Action No. 1:10cv1218 (E.D. Va. January 10, 2011). Lopez sued her employer, Asmar’s Mediterranean Food, Inc., alleging that her employer failed to pay her overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). After some discovery, the employer filed a motion for summary judgment, arguing that there…

201009.21
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Just because you say you’re good, it doesn’t make it so.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Mount Vernon Holdings, LLC d/b/a Best Western Mount Vernon, Civil Action No. 01:09cv1099 (E.D. Va. July 20, 2010). The named plaintiff in this case, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the EEOC), is the agency of the United States government that is entitled to bring suits to enforce Title VII,…

201007.08
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You are protected when you assert your rights. (Some restrictions apply. Employees and their families may not be eligible.)

Session v. Anderson, et al., Civil Action No. 7:09cv138 (W.D. Va. June 21, 2010). Session, an African-American woman, was employed by the Montgomery County Public Schools since 1977, when she began as a Social Studies teacher. From 1977 through 2004, she was given only excellent evaluations. In September of 2004, Session was promoted to a…

201007.06
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It’s always easier if you don’t wait until the last minute.

Blackwell v. General Dynamics Land Systems, Inc., Civil Action No. 1:10cv110 (E.D. Va. June 28, 2010). Blackwell, a white male, was hired by General Dynamics Land Systems, Inc., in June 2004 as a Senior Security Representative in its Prince William County location. From the date he was hired until January 2006, Blackwell was considered a…

201006.04
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If you can’t get arrested for it, you can be fired for refusing to do it.

Twigg v. Triple Canopy, Inc., Civil Action No. 1:10-cv-00122-JCC-JFA (E.D.Va. June 2, 2010). The Plaintiff, Twigg, a South Carolina resident, was an at-will employee of Defendant, Triple Canopy, Inc., a security contractor based in Herndon, Virginia. In April 2009, Triple Canopy was awarded a contract with the State Department to provide security for U.S. diplomats…

201005.30
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If you throw your weight around, you might get taken down a peg.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. v. Kolon lndustries, Inc., Civil Action No. 3:09-cv-00058-REP (E.D.Va. May 25, 2010). E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (“DuPont”) filed a Complaint against Kolon Industries, Inc. (“Kolon”), alleging that Kolon enticed certain DuPont employees and consultants to breach agreements and divulge trade secret and confidential information about…

201005.22
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When your employees ask you to stop talking about sex, please, just stop.

Colie, et al. v. Carter Bank & Trust, Inc., Civil Action No. 3:09-cv-00086-nkm-bwc (W.D. Va. May 19, 2010). The Plaintiffs, three women named Colie, Collins, and Jeffries, filed a complaint alleging sexual harassment and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against the Defendant, Carter Bank & Trust, Inc….

201004.28
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Your non-compete should not be like an amoeba.

Specialty Marketing, Inc. v. Lawrence, Case No. CL09-928, Hanover County Circuit Court (March 11, 2010). Under Virginia law, reasonably drafted non-competition covenants in employment contracts are enforceable, but courts consider them to be disfavored restraints on trade. As a result, in every case involving a non-competition agreement, the employer bears the burden of proving that…