Virginia Set to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

By: Jarrad Wright Virginia is on the verge of making history and becoming the first state in the South to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana.  Last year the General Assembly decriminalized marijuana by eliminating criminal sentences and replacing them with small fines.  Now, on February 2, 2021, the House, in an 55-42 vote, passed HB2312 […]

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4th Circuit Upholds Shortened Limitations Period in Arbitration Agreement; Rocket Docket Update; Virginia Creates Office of Civil Rights to Target Discrimination; DG/30 Milestone

Virginia Law Targets Worker Misclassification

By: Jayna Genti, DiMuroGinsberg P.C. Companies misclassifying their employees as independent continues to be a hot-button issue throughout the country, and Virginia is no exception. In the last year alone, legislation related to independent contractor misclassification was introduced at the federal level and in at least 20 states. New Jersey and California recently enacted employee […]

Virginia creates Office of Civil Rights to target discrimination

By: Billy B. Ruhling, II, DiMuroGinsberg P.C. Virginia Attorney General (AG) Mark Herring has launched a new Office of Civil Rights to help protect residents from discrimination. The move is seen as a response to the cultural awakening the nation experienced in 2020 after high-profile police shootings and the recognition that once-common offensive behavior toward […]

Co-Worker’s Offensive Statements to Colleague May Not Give Rise to Hostile Work Environment Claim

By: Stacey Rose Harris Nicole Bazemore is an African-American who worked at Best Buy.  One day at work, her white colleague, Anne Creel, held up a hazelnut and said that she used to refer to those kinds of nuts as “N[….]r T[…]s.”  Bazemore was deeply offended and reported Creel’s conduct to management.  After some time, […]

4th Circuit upholds shortened limitations period in arbitration agreement

By: M. Jarrad Wright and Jonathan R. Mook, DiMuroGinsberg P.C. Over the last several years, employers increasingly have been requiring employees to sign mandatory arbitration agreements as a condition of employment. The trend has been on the uptick because of concerns about the ever-increasing cost of litigation and the potential for runaway juries to award […]

Virginia Legislature to debate paid leave

By: Jayna Genti, DiMuroGinsberg P.C. When the 2021 Virginia General Assembly reconvenes, the session will inevitably be colored by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For starters, the House of Delegates plans to gavel in its regular session virtually, with the state Senate again planning to meet at the Virginia Science Museum to provide for greater social […]

Trump’s Executive Order put on hold

By: M. Jarrad Wright, DiMuroGinsberg P.C. Just before Christmas, outgoing President Donald Trump’s controversial Executive Order (EO) banning federal contractors and subcontractors from offering “workplace training that inculcates in its employees any form of race or sex stereotyping or any form of race or sex scapegoating” hit a major roadblock. On December 22, 2020, California […]

Americans with Disabilities Act Recent Case Law Developments June, 2020

By: Jonathan R. Mook and Colete Fontenot DiMuroGinsberg, PC Title I – Employment Provisions Is Plaintiff Actually Disabled Under ADA? In order to have an actual disability cognizable under the Americans with Disabilities Act, an individual must be able to demonstrate that he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a […]