Individuals Can Face Wrongful Firing Claims: Va. High Court

Law360, New York (November 1, 2012, 9:46 PM EDT) -- The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday issued a precedential ruling that individuals, such as supervisors or managers, who participate in the firing of an employee can be targeted with wrongful termination claims, even if they are not the worker’s actual employer.

Responding to a question of law posed by the Fourth Circuit in a wrongful firing and discrimination case brought by Angela VanBuren, a former nurse at Virginia Highlands Orthopedic Spine Center LLC, against her supervisor, Dr. Stephen Grubb, a 4-3 majority in the state high court said Grubb could be held liable under the state’s law for the allegedly wrongful...

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