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Labor & Employment – Payment of Wages Act – Treble Damages – Bona Fide Dispute – Contract Terms – Partial Jury Award (access required)

Goodwyn v. Shadowstone Media, Inc. (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-039-14, 7 pp.) (John Few, Ch.J.) Appealed from Lexington County Circuit Court (R. Knox McMahon, J.) S.C. App. Holding: Where the defendant-employer presented evidence that disputed plaintiff’s evidence regarding how and how ...

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Labor & Employment – Civil Rights – Religious Discrimination Claim – Title VII Preemption – EEOC Employee – LGBT Investigations (access required)

Somers v. EEOC (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-080-14, 8 pp.) (Mary G. Lewis, J.) 6:13-cv-00257; D.S.C. Holding: Plaintiff is an EEOC investigator, and his religion teaches that homosexual behavior is immoral. Even if plaintiff has been assigned to investigate a discrimination ...

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Labor & Employment – Public Employees – Civil Rights – National Origin Discrimination Claim – Civil Practice – Statute of Limitations – Constitutional – Due Process – Tort/Negligence – Defamation (access required)

Nkwocha v. South Carolina State University (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-079-14, 17 pp.) (Margaret Seymour, Sr.J.) 5:12-cv-02703; D.S.C. Holding: Plaintiff’s discrimination claim arose when he received a letter denying his application for tenure, not when he was later offered a one-year ...

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Labor & Employment – Civil Rights – Race Discrimination Claim – Wrongful Termination – Hostile Environment – Administrative (access required)

Youmans v. City of North Charleston (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-064-14, 8 pp.) (David Norton, J.) 2:11-cv-03227; D.S.C. Holding: In his EEOC charge, plaintiff only alleged that he was fired because of his race; accordingly, plaintiff’s hostile environment claim is procedurally ...

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Labor & Employment – Civil Rights – Race & Sex Discrimination Claim – Disparate Treatment – Terminable Offense – Falsified Time Card (access required)

Howard v. Coca Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-060-14, 14 pp.) (R. Bryan Harwell, J.) 4:12-cv-02647; D.S.C. Holding: Plaintiff pointed to several white and/or male coworkers who received discipline less severe than termination; however, she failed to show ...

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