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Chaplin v. Dupont Advance Fiber Systems

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
303 F. Supp. 2d 766 (E.D. Va. 2004), aff’d, 124 Fed. Appx. 771 (4th Cir. 2005)


Chaplin and several other Du Pont employees (plaintiffs) sued Du Pont (defendant) for employment discrimination after Du Pont banned the display of Confederate symbols on its premises. Chaplin and the other employees (the employees) claimed this policy discriminated against them based on their national origin, religion, and race. The district court dismissed the employees’ suit. Prior to the court’s dismissal of the case, Du Pont served the employees with a motion for sanctions and a written request that the employees drop the suit within 21 days. Du Pont’s motion for sanctions claimed that the employees’ lawyer should be sanctioned for filing a complaint containing claims that are not supported by law and claims that are not supported by facts. The employees did not drop the suit. Du Pont then filed its motion for sanctions with the district court. The district court found that some of the claims in the employees’ complaint were not supported by facts and sanctioned the employees’ attorney $10,000.

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