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West Virginia high court affirms $2.1 million workplace harassment award

USA - July 26 2012 A case from the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, the state’s highest court, demonstrates clearly why investigations of employee complaints of co-worker misconduct must be handled promptly and with care and sensitivity to the aggrieved employee’s legitimate concerns for retaliation by the accused.

Accommodation requests need not be identified to exhaust administrative remedies, appeals court rules

USA - June 26 2012 Concerned that the administrative exhaustion requirement for bringing discrimination claims in court “should not become a tripwire for hapless plaintiffs,” the U.S.  Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, has held that an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complainant need not identify the particular accommodation allegedly requested and refused prior to filing suit under the Americans with Disabilities Act.