Wachtel v. JTG, Inc. et al

Filing 18

MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by District Judge Liam O'Grady on 8/14/2017. (awac, )

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA Alexandria Division Natalia Wachtel, Plaintiff. Civil Action No. 1:17-cv-620 Hon. Liam O'Grady Hon. Michael S. Nachmanoff JTG, Inc., el al., Defendants. MEMORANDUM OPINION This matter comes before the Court on Defendants' Motion to Dismiss the Claim for Punitive Damages (Dkt. No.7), and Defendant Ahmed Shehata's Motion to Dismiss for failure to state a claim. (Dkt. No. 10). For the reasons set forth below, the Motion to Dismiss the Claim for Punitive Damages is GRANTED and the Motion to Dismiss for failure to slate a claim is DENIED. I. BACKGROUND Plaintiff, Natalia Wachtel, is a former employee of Defendant JTG, Inc., a Virginia corporation offering language and cross-cultural communications consulting services with its principal place of business in Virginia. Defendant, Ahmed Shehata is the President and Chief Executive Officer of JTG, Inc. Plaintiffwas hired by Defendants on or about April 29, 2014 in the poshion of "Project Manager." Plaintiffwas classified in this position as a full-time, exempt, at-will employee with an annual salary of $50,000. Plaintiff received two raises over the next two years culminating in a salary increase to $55,620 on May 2016. Plaintiffs listed duties

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