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September 20, 2019

non compete agreement formNon-compete agreements may be enforceable in Virginia if the terms detailed in the contract are considered reasonable. In cases of unreasonable terms or illegal business acts, a judge or jury may release you from the agreement.

If you have signed or plan to sign a non-compete agreement, it is in your best interest to consult attorney James H. Shoemaker. Mr. Shoemaker has decades of experience as an employment lawyer and can...

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September 11, 2019

No matter where you live, you’ve probably seen it—highways being built, roads being repaired or widened, and massive buildings slowly growing towards the sky. It seems like many towns and cities are in a constant state of construction. The federal government funds or assists many of these construction projects, and it can be a lot to keep an eye on.

Sometimes, contractors, sub-contractors, and other parties involved in government construction can cut corners and engage in illegal behavior in an attempt to make a profit. Construction fraud can hurt the government, cost taxpayers,...

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May 31, 2019

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is unfortunately common in American workplaces. Since the #MeToo movement began in the fall of 2017 with harassment allegations against influential people such as Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer, the country has made tremendous progress in confronting this problem.

However, numerous barriers remain, both in preventing harassment and punishing it through the judicial system....

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April 15, 2019

Employment contractNon-compete agreements are often part of employment contracts, and they are highly common among the federal contractors of northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. As with any contract, you should review its meaning and potential impact on your future career with an attorney before signing anything.

Companies generally use non-compete agreements to prevent employees from leaving the company and immediately taking their experience and knowledge to a...

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March 20, 2019

Man experiencing racial discriminationYou shouldn't have to experience racial discrimination in any workplace. Unfortunately, it can be prevalent in subtle and overt ways.

Racial discrimination is an infuriating, humiliating occurrence. It can also be confusing. You may wonder if someone's words or actions constitute discrimination. Or the person discriminating against you may try to pass it off as a joke.

The following are hypothetical examples of...

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February 27, 2019

Non-compete agreement meeting in Hampton RoadsNon-compete clauses and other so-called restrictive covenants are growing increasingly popular with employers. This poses a challenge to the existing structure of employment law and to business law attorneys.

Why? Because these clauses aren't just growing in popularity, they're also growing in scope. It's one thing for a large defense contractor in the Hampton Roads area...

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July 26, 2018

Women and men should not have to deal with unwanted sexual advances, comments, or behaviors in the workplace. Unfortunately, many people suffer from a hostile or uncomfortable work environment due to sexual harassment. It is important to remember that this behavior is both unacceptable and illegal. No one should feel uncomfortable at work or be unable to advance their career due to the deplorable actions of someone else.

We have created the infographic below in order to provide a broad overview of sexual harassment in the workplace. If you have experienced sexual harassment at work,...

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March 15, 2018

If there's one simple truth about the cases our Virginia Beach airplane accident attorney handles, it's this: they are never simple. These are difficult, complicated cases.

That doesn't mean they're impossible. In fact, we have a proven track record of successfully pursuing these claims and winning the justice and compensation our clients deserve. But when it comes to proving negligence in an airplane accident case, there's no substitute for experience in your attorney.

Mr. Shoemaker understands how to investigate airplane accidents, determine who is responsible and prove...

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January 05, 2018

Losing a loved one is a traumatic experience for any family. When that loss is caused by someone else’s negligence the pain can be compounded by the need for answers and the desire for justice.

Attorney James Shoemaker can help you understand your legal rights to bring the at-fault party to justice. Call today at 757-223-4580 to talk to an experienced attorney about your wrongful death case.

Wrongful Death

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August 24, 2017

Drug KickbacksThe pharmaceutical industry is big business, and the stakes are high – if there's corruption in the process and a drug makes it to market when it shouldn't, innocent people can get hurt.

One of the more common forms of pharmaceutical corruption is physician kickbacks. These have been illegal since 1987, but, sadly, this doesn't mean that these kickbacks don't still occur. We know they do.

If you've gained first-hand knowledge of illegal kickbacks – defined as a...

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