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Your automatic email acknowledgement may be used as evidence against you in a court of law.

Wilson v. Dollar General Corporation, et al., Case No. 4:14-cv-00033 (W.D.Va. November 30, 2014). We wrote about Lamont Wilson’s termination from his job at Dollar General Corporation last year here. In that case, Mr. Wilson was permanently blind in one eye, and began to lose the sight in his other eye. He sought additional leave…

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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…

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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…