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“You’re fired,” it turns out, is all you really need to say.

Trail v. General Dynamics Armaments and Technical Products, Inc., Civil Action No. 1:10-cv-00001 (W.D.Va. March 25, 2010). The plaintiff, Trail, was recording secretary of a union that went on strike over the terms of a collective bargaining agreement. During the strike, unknown persons published the names, Social Security numbers, and salaries of management employees. A…

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You can bring a federal discrimination claim in state court. (Some restrictions may apply.)

Pendleton v. National Wildlife Federation, et al., Civil Action No. 5:10cv0009 (W.D.Va. March 26, 2010). An administrative first step in cases arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is that a person with a discrimination claim must first take that claim to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which then engages in…

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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…