201411.02
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If you sit on your rights you will lose them.

Elitharp-Martin v. Pulaski County School Board, Case 7:14-cv-231 (W.D.Va. Oct. 16, 2014). In this case, the federal district court in Roanoke dismissed part of the plaintiff’s lawsuit for sexual harassment because the plaintiff’s EEOC charge had been filed too late. The plaintiff in this case, Ms. Elitharp-Martin, was a white female who worked for Pulaski…

201403.07
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If you’re an employer in a lawsuit, you are held to a lower pleading standard than your employees.

Grant v. Bank of America, Civil Action No. 2:13-cv-342 (E.D.Va. Feb. 25, 2014), was handed down last week. The plaintiff, Ms. Grant, is black. She is suing her former employer and her former supervisor for race discrimination: she claims that when she was Vice President and Banking Center Manager, she did not receive the same…

201402.19
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If you work for an elected official, you should refrain from registering your “voter disapproval.”

Vanterpool v. Cuccinelli, Case 3:13-cv-513 (E.D. Va. Feb. 7, 2014). In this case, the plaintiff, Ms. Vanterpool, had been an Assistant Attorney General in Virginia. On May 5, 2012, an anonymous comment appeared on the website of the Washington Post, calling Virginia’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli an “egomaniac” who was never in his office and…

201309.30
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Don’t DIY at EEOC.

Baiden-Adams v. Forsythe Transportation, Inc., Case 1:13-cv-272 (E.D.Va. Sept. 4, 2013). In this case, the plaintiff had prepared and filed her own Charge of Discrimination form with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission without the assistance of a lawyer. In theory, the EEOC process is supposed to be user-friendly. In practice, however, there are many traps…