Klie Law Offices in West Virginia - We Take a Tough Stand on Behalf of Employees Facing Legal Battles at Work
Maybe you were fired at work for no good reason. Perhaps your employer violated your rights by not fairly paying you for the time you worked. Or, you might have been sexually harassed or discriminated against because of your race, religion or some other reason that was in violation of state or federal laws.
If you're dealing with any one of these issues or believe you were treated unfairly at work and need to find out if you have a case, we urge you to contact Klie Law Offices immediately. Arrange a free and confidential consultation by calling 866-408-9059 or by completing the free case consultation form on this page. Don't delay. The faster you connect with us, the quicker we can begin investigating your legal case.
What kind of employment law cases does Klie Law Offices work on?
In West Virginia and throughout the United States, there are laws protecting employees from maltreatment or wrongful termination in the workplace. These are generally known as labor laws or employment laws. For the state of West Virginia, these laws are found in Chapter 21 of the West Virginia Code and cover every kind of dispute that could arise, from management relations to illegal drugs, occupational safety to wages and payment. When an employer or coworker violates any of these laws, an employee has every right under the same law to call them out on their actions and to hire legal representation.
Allow our skilled West Virginia employment attorneys to answer any employment law questions you may have and to represent you in a case. Your employer will likely retain an aggressive lawyer, so make sure you hire an attorney to match. As experienced litigators who have handled several hundred trial cases, we are more than capable of fighting for your rights and presenting a strong argument in court. Contact our employment law firm today if you are facing any kind of employment law situation. Our areas of practice and knowledge of employment laws includes:
- At-Will Employment Laws
- Employer Retaliation
- Family Medical Leave Act
- Holiday Pay
- Hourly Employees
- On-Call Employees
- Overtime Laws
- Paid Leave
- Salaried Employees
- Sexual Harassment
- Religious Discrimination
- National Origin Discrimination
- Pregnancy Discrimination
- Disability Discrimination
- Violations of Non-Compete Agreements
- Wage & Salary Disputes
- Wrongful Termination
In the U.S., a state can either be an "at-will state" or a "right to work" state. At-will employment means that an employer can terminate a worker's employment for any reason, at any time, with some exceptions. Wrongful termination is still possible if other employment laws are violated in the process.
When an employee "blows the whistle" on their employer's violation of employment laws, the employer could attempt to retaliate through threats, reduction of pay, wrongful termination, and more.
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows workers to take paid time off for certain medical situations, such as having a baby or caring for a family member who is ill or has a serious health condition.
Upon employment, workers are promised a certain number of days of paid leave for vacation purposes. When an employer violates this agreement, an employee has the right to take legal action and obtain compensation for wages lost.
Employees who work by the hour instead of on a salary have specific laws regarding their wages, break times, and other areas. Break times are one of the top causes of employment lawsuits for hourly workers.
Disputes often arise regarding whether or not an employee is working "on-call." On-call workers are those that live on or very near to their place of work and are required to remain available to work at any time. This is different from employees who must be available for contact from their employer wherever they are.
Workers should only have to work a certain number of hours a day or per week before receiving 1.5 times their regular rate of pay, or double pay if they work particularly long hours. These laws are found in the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Many employment agreements involve a certain amount of paid leave. This is usually referred to as vacation leave, but can be used by the employee for anything within reason.
Although many labor laws involve hourly workers, salaried workers still have a number of rights regarding wages, time off, and treatment in the workplace.
A person can be harassed physically, verbally, or through acts and gestures. Anyone who is acting in a manner that you consider to be inappropriate or harassing should be reported.
Bias against a person's choice of religion is no cause to treat an employee as inferior, to harass them at work, to prevent their advancement, or to terminate their employment.
America is renowned as the land of freedom and acceptance. Many immigrants are discriminated against, however, even if they are legal permanent residents or United States citizens.
When a woman becomes pregnant, their employer could discriminate against them due to their condition or even terminate their employment in lieu of having to handle maternity leave.
Labor laws as well as the ADA protect employees from being discriminated against due to a disability. Whether you have a medical condition, a physical disability, or a mental disability, you still have equal rights to any other worker.
A non-compete agreement is usually entered into at the time of employment and requires the employee to refrain from engaging in any act during their employment that would compete with the business of the company.
As an hourly or salaried employee, disputes can arise regarding how much you are being paid or have been paid, overtime rates, vacation pay, holiday pay, and more.
When an employer ends a worker's employment in a manner that violates any of the West Virginia labor laws, it is considered to be wrongful termination. In these situations, the employee has the right to fight for compensation and justice.
Why do I need a lawyer for these kinds of cases?
The implications of family law or employment law case can be dramatic. If you don't have an attorney working for you, you could possibly lose many of the things you value - your job, your house, your car and many other possessions you worked hard to obtain.
We understand what's at stake in such cases. We also know that many people often only have one opportunity to make their case. That's why we work so hard on every single one of them. We know that the work we do today can affect our clients for the rest of their lives.
You can expect the same high standards when you hire use to work for you. We treat every client with dignity and respect. We promptly return phone calls. We answer your questions and always put your best interests first.
Contact Klie Law Offices. Call (866) 408-9059 today to schedule a free case evaluation at our Buckhannon office. We can also meet you in your home or somewhere else if that's more convenient for you.
Klie Law Offices - we're here for you when you need us most.