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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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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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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…

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A little win is still a win

Western Insulation, LP v. Moore, No. 08-2106 (4th Cir. Va. Jan. 22, 2010) (unpublished). Virginia law, which governed in this case regarding a non-competition agreement, allows the award of attorney’s fees to a prevailing party when the parties’ contract provides for such fees. The district court had enforced the attorney’s fee provision against the losing…