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West Virginia Judge Rules on Employee Free Speech Issues

Free speech has become a heated topic in the political arena recently. The public is increasingly polarized, and opponents are clashing with sometimes violent results. As the debate spreads into the workplace, some workers are finding themselves disciplined for their statements and activities during non-working hours. This raises a complicated issue: Do employees truly have...

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West Virginia Whistleblower Rights

When West Virginia employees report illegal conduct by their employer, they are entitled to the protection of whistleblower laws. Article 1 of Chapter 6C of the West Virginia Code (known as the “whistle-blower law”) prohibits discrimination and retaliation by employers against an employee who makes a good faith report of wrongdoing or waste to an...

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Anti-Lock Braking Systems Can Prevent Motorcycle Crashes

Every year, the roads of West Virginia are the site of many fatal motorcycle accidents which devastate victims and family members. Claims for damages following a crash can be made by a rider (or passenger) who can prove negligence by another driver. Family members can also have claims for wrongful death after a fatal motorcycle...

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Trucking Company Negligence Puts West Virginia Drivers at Risk of Injury and Death

Every day, truck accidents on the roads of West Virginia cause injury and death to unsuspecting drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. While there are potentially many causes of any auto accident, negligence on the part of a truck driver or trucking company often contributes to the significant injury and loss truck accidents cause. According to...

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West Virginia Crash Risk May Spike as Population Ages

As reported by the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy, West Virginia has the second-largest senior population (65-and-older) in the country, and that's only going to grow as the Baby Boom generation reaches their golden years. As of 2014, about 16 percent of the state's population was over 65. By 2035, that figure will...

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West Virginia Employment Lawsuit Alleges Discrimination, Harassment

A former law firm employee has filed a West Virginia employment lawsuit, alleging he suffered harassment and discrimination by fellow employees at the company, which went unaddressed by superiors. The West Virginia Record reports plaintiff is suing his former employer as well as a former colleague, who allegedly carried out the brunt of the harassment....

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What Are Your Rights if Your Employer Doesn't Pay You Properly?

There are many protections under the law designed to ensure employees are treated fairly by their employers. Despite these protections, some companies still fail to live up to their obligations in many situations. Just recently, The Walt Disney Co. had to pay $3.8 million in unpaid wage claims, according to the U.S. Department of Labor....

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What does Disparate Impact Job Discrimination Mean?

Employers and employees must understand all rules and restrictions governing the employee/employer relationship. Some of the most important employment laws affecting the rights of workers and the obligations of employers include laws prohibiting discrimination. Not only do anti-discrimination laws preclude employers from overtly treating employees unfairly if they are members of a "protected class," but...

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