Chaplin v. Dupont Advance Fiber Systems

303 F.Supp. 2d 766 (E.D. Va 2004)


Chaplin (Ps) contended that they suffered an adverse employment action because, if they continued to display the Confederate symbol, they could be reprimanded, and they could lose their jobs and career opportunities. Ps filed an action under Title VII. The court dismissed this claim because Ps failed to adequately aver that they suffered adverse employment actions. The Court denied D's motion for sanctions and granted D's motion for attorneys' fees and expenses. The Court reserved its ruling on the amount and apportionment of fees to be awarded but announced that it would award fees, under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-5(k) against Chaplin (Ps) and their counsel. D then filed a supplemental memorandum on attorneys' fees seeking reconsideration of the Rule 11 motion and its ruling with regard to Title VII fees and costs. The Court conceded an error and vacated its ruling for fees and costs against P’s counsel under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-5(k). It then reconsidered its Rule 11 sanctions.