By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Isle of Wight County’ former economic development director was awarded $747,320 in a federal civil suit over her termination three years ago.

Lisa Perry sued Isle of Wight County because officials told her she had “voluntarily resigned” after being out on leave due to a shoulder injury.

The trial was held in the Eastern District Court in Norfolk, and Judge Raymond A. Jackson ruled that Isle of Wight County had violated Perry’s right to return to work under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. 

Under dispute was the day that Perry was to return to work under the auspices of FMLA, and if it was lawful for Isle of Wight County to terminate her employment for failing to notify the county of a change within a reasonable number of days. 

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