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Sarvis v. Vermont State Colleges

Vermont Supreme Court
772 A.2d 494 (2001)


Robert Sarvis (plaintiff) was convicted of five counts of bank fraud and served over three years in prison. Sarvis applied to several positions with Vermont State Colleges (College) (defendant), including as a professor to teach business law and business ethics. Sarvis submitted a resume to the College that stated he had acted as the president and chairman of the board of CMI International, Inc. for a period of time, which included the time Sarvis was in prison. Sarvis also submitted a memorandum requesting that the College not contact previous employers for references. The College hired Sarvis for various positions and entered into three separate employment agreements with Sarvis. The College subsequently learned of Sarvis’s criminal history from his probation officer and terminated Sarvis. Sarvis then sued the College for breach of the employment agreements. The College moved for summary judgment. The trial court granted summary judgment to the College, and Sarvis appealed to the Vermont Supreme Court.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Skoglund, J.)

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