March 2021
tim coffield - crawford
In Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville, 555 U.S. 271 (2009), the Supreme Court held that the protection of the opposition clause of Title VII’s antiretaliation provision extended to an employee who spoke out about sexual harassment, not on her own initiative, but in answering questions during employer’s investigation of coworker’s complaints. Statutory Background Title...
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Similar to the federal False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 – 3733, which protects federal whistleblowers, the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act (VFATA), Va. Code § 8.01–216.1 et seq., rewards and protects employees and other individuals who report activities that defraud the state government.  In a nutshell, the VFATA provides that any person...
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