201106.13
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If you make your employees take their clothes off, you have to pay them. Except at lunch.

Perez et al. v. Mountaire Farms, Inc., et al., No. 09-1917, 2011 4th Cir. LEXIS 11547 (June 7, 2011). Luisa Perez brought this collective action lawsuit on behalf of herself and others employed by Mountaire Farms, Inc. She brought this action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) to recover lost wages and liquidated damages….

201103.17
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Sometimes, if you want it done wrong, you have to do it yourself.

Ze-Ze v. Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States Regions, Inc., Civil Action No. 1:10cv959 (E.D.Va. January 28, 2011). Marie N. Ze-Ze worked as a clinical assistant at a clinic operated by Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States Regions, Inc. (“Kaiser”), from early 1989 through February 20, 2008. Ze-Ze is a native of Cameroon, Africa, and was infected with hepatitis…

201103.07
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You can’t hide behind a cat’s paw.

Staub v. Proctor Hospital, 559 U.S. ___ (2011). At issue in this U.S. Supreme Court case was the extent to which an employer may be held liable for employment discrimination when the discriminating employee influences, but does not make, the ultimate adverse employment decision. Vincent Staub worked at Proctor Hospital as an angiography technician. Staub was…

201101.25
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If you file a frivolous lawsuit, you might have to pay the other side’s fees.

Judith Basinger v. Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C. Civil Action No. 1:10cv666 (E.D. Va. Dec. 23, 2010). In this Memorandum Opinion the Court considered the defendant’s motion for award of attorney’s fees and costs, after it had already dismissed all of the Plaintiff’s claims on summary judgment. The award sought was substantial—$25,650.00 in fees…

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…

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….