A former employee in the city of Norfolk, Virginia, won her grievance proceeding after she was wrongfully terminated by the city, but it was her actions after termination that led to accusations of “unclean hands.”

According to the Virginia Supreme Court’s May 19 ruling, Leila LaRock worked for the city of Norfolk for 14 years before her employment was terminated. LaRock filed a grievance and won reinstatement from the panel to her former position and backpay to the date of her termination. The city manager declined to implement the panel’s decision after it was discovered LaRock used her city login to access their cloud database system, Egnyte, on three occasions after termination but before the panel hearing.