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Fourth Circuit Holds that Former Employee Can Sue for Discrimination Based on Severance Offer

Posted in Discrimination and Harassment Law and Practice

Title VII’s protections against gender discrimination can extend to former employees complaining about the severance package they were offered, according to a recent federal appeals court ruling.  In Gerner v. County of Chesterfield, Virginia, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that offering less favorable, non-contractual employment benefits can be an “adverse employment action” under… Continue Reading