Texas Appeals Court Upholds Statoil Win In Retaliation Suit

Law360, Houston (January 25, 2018, 2:34 PM EST) -- A Texas appellate court on Thursday upheld a win for Statoil Gulf Services LLC in a retaliation suit brought by an ex-employee who alleged he had been removed from leadership roles after reporting that another co-worker threatened him, finding that the energy company had presented enough evidence to defeat the claims.

A three-judge First Court of Appeals panel affirmed the March 2016 summary judgment ending Jeff Vanderhurst’s lawsuit that alleged retaliation, constructive discharge and a hostile work environment. Vanderhurst, who had an affair with a coworker who then threatened him and his wife, argued that Statoil removed him from leadership positions...

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