Sovereign Immunity is a Topic Best Left to Attorneys.

Teresa Hall Marsh v. Virginia Department of Transportation, No. 6:14-cv-00006 (W.D. Va. June 16, 2014)(Moon, J.) Plaintiff Teresa Hall Marsh worked for the Virginia Department of Transportation. Ms. Marsh complained of mold in the Lynchburg facility where she worked and complained about the effects of mold on her health. VDOT terminated Ms. Marsh’s employment and […]

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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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Firing an employee for demanding a promised bonus may worsen your cash-flow problem.

Clark v. BayDocs, Inc., No. 3:12CV896 (E.D. Va. March 29, 2013) (Lauck, J.) Plaintiff Alan Clark signed an employment agreement with BayDocs, Inc. in September of 2008. That agreement stated, in pertinent part, that Mr. Clark’s employment was “at will,” that Mr. Clark’s salary would be $225,000 per year plus bonuses, and that Mr. Clark would […]

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Terminating an employee for demanding a promised bonus may worsen your cash-flow problem.

Clark v. BayDocs, Inc., No. 3:12CV896 (E.D. Va. March 29, 2013) (Lauck, J.) Alan Clark signed an employment agreement with BayDocs, Inc. in September of 2008. That agreement stated, in pertinent part, that Mr. Clark’s employment was “at will,” that Mr. Clark’s salary would be $225,000 per year plus bonuses, and that Mr. Clark would be […]

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Manager beware: You may find yourself named as a defendant in a wrongful discharge case.

VanBuren v. Grubb, Record No. 120348 (Va. Sup. Ct., November 1, 2012). Angela VanBuren sued her former employer, Virginia Highlands Orthopedic Spine Center, LLC (“Virginia Highlands”) and her former supervisor, Dr. Stephen Grubb, in the District Court for the Western District of Virginia. Ms. VanBuren asserted several causes of action in her complaint, but for […]

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You should complain in writing. But if you don’t complain in writing, you should complain a lot.

Kevin Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation, 563 U.S. ___ (2011). Kevin Kasten is a former employee of the defendant, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation (“Saint-Gobain”). While Kasten was working at Saint-Gobain, he was required to put on and remove his work-related protective gear when he was off the clock, a practice which is plainly contrary to the the […]

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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 […]

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If you can’t get arrested for it, you can be fired for refusing to do it.

Twigg v. Triple Canopy, Inc., Civil Action No. 1:10-cv-00122-JCC-JFA (E.D.Va. June 2, 2010). The Plaintiff, Twigg, a South Carolina resident, was an at-will employee of Defendant, Triple Canopy, Inc., a security contractor based in Herndon, Virginia. In April 2009, Triple Canopy was awarded a contract with the State Department to provide security for U.S. diplomats […]

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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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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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