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Maynard v. Rivera, 10-3476

In a former employee's suit alleging unlawful termination from employment for refusal to endorse a paycheck presented to her as a receipt for the employer, an order of the appellate division of the district court in favor of the employee is reversed, where: 1) the Virgin Islands Wrongful Discharge Act permitted the termination of an employee who "wilfully and intentionally disobeys reasonable and lawful rules, orders, and instructions of the employer"; 2) the employer's requirement that the employee endorse an unsigned paycheck as a receipt of payment was reasonable; and 3) the reasonableness of an employer's administrative order cannot be dependent on each employee's personal needs, whether known or unknown to the employer.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/02/2012
  • Published 04/02/2012


  • Greenaway, Jr.


  • United States Third Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Shawn E. Maynard-Hahnfeld, Tina Gillespie La Borde

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