The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by a former government database administrator, holding that the district court found by clear and convincing evidence that the employee fabricated electronic evidence.

The three-judge appellate panel concluded that the lower court did not err in dismissing the case as a sanction for the discovery violations, nor was it egregious to award the defendants $295,500.83 in fees and costs, according to the Tenth Circuit’s April 17 opinion.