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Hawaii Employment Law Decisions from November 22, 2015 to November 28, 2015 – Jeffrey S. Harris

District court properly granted summary judgment against employee who claimed employer terminated him to avoid complying with potential administrative wage garnishment order.  Employee could not show that any of individuals involved in his termination knew about the potential garnishment.  Alleged constructive notice was insufficient to infer unlawful motivation.  Sutherland v. CWH Red Bull Distribution Co., Inc., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 20330 (9th Cir. Nov. 23, 2015).

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