Category: Employment Law

1st Amendment – ANOTHER BLISTERING CRITICISM OF PETERSBURG GOVERNMENT BY THE COURTS TODAY WITH AN OPINION BY THE 4TH CIRCUIT STRIKING DOWN PETERSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT BAN ON SOCIAL MEDIA CRITICISM OF THE DEPARTMENT

12-15-2016– THE US COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE 4th CIRCUIT REMOVES WHAT IT DESCRIBED AS A “VIRTUAL BLANKET PROHIBITION ON ALL SPEECH CRITICAL OF THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYER” BY STRIKING DOWN PETERSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT’S BAN ON SOCIAL MEDIA CRITICISM OF THE DEPARTMENT. In a sharply worded opinion issued on 12-15-2016, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals declared Read More …

What is a hostile work environment? Are my complaints protected?

Issue # 1: – What constitutes an unlawful hostile work environment under Title VII? Title VII is violated only when the discriminatory conduct is so severe or pervasive that it alters the conditions of employment and creates an abusive working environment.  Simple teasing, offhand comments, and isolated incidents (unless extremely serious) will not amount to Read More …

Summary of unemployment law in Virginia: I was fired, am I entitled to Unemployment Benefits in Virginia?

Summary of unemployment law in Virginia: I was fired, am I entitled to Unemployment Benefits in Virginia? Unemployment Benefits are provided by the legislature under specified conditions. The statutory provisions are found in Title 60.2 of the Code of Virginia. Beginning at § 60.2-100. The court in Francis v. Va. Empl. Comm’n, 59 Va. App. Read More …