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Can your employer ask about your pay history?

You’re in a job interview and get this question: How much money did your previous employer pay you? While it may be easy to answer, it may be difficult to negotiate the salary you think you deserve after you reveal the number. Your new employer has leverage to lock you into a salary lower than...

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When Employees are Bullied by their Bosses

In the aftermath of the #MeToo movement that has swept the country, employees, both female and male, should be aware of their rights on the job. And while most workers understand they have a right to a safe workplace, regular hours, paid lunch and paid overtime, many workers have no idea how to handle a...

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Am I Safe to Report When My Company Is Corrupt?

It is hardly a secret that businesses are not always entirely honest about what they are doing and how they are doing it. Sometimes, this is a matter of proprietary systems, but too often, it is a sign of corruption within the company. When something that may be unethical crosses a desk, it puts an...

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Wage Theft Hurting West Virginia Workers

The arrangement between employers and employees should be fundamentally simple. You provide a share of your time and energy to work for them, and the employer compensates you fairly for it. However, even by this most basic concept of employment, many employers don’t play fair. When they don’t, they are guilty of wage theft, and...

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What is Workplace Sexual Harassment?

Last year, public recognition of sexual harassment accusations in Hollywood broke a dam that had been holding back similar accusations across the nation in all industries for as long as anyone could remember. The #MeToo movement took off, changing the conversation so strongly that Time Magazine named "The Silence Breakers" as their Person of the...

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Sexual Harassment Reform Hits House

Sexual harassment has been, for too long, a matter that was addressed quietly, if it was addressed at all. This year, however, allegations have begun to come to light against men in positions of power in many fields of work. The entertainment industry alone is outing directors, producers, actors, and nearly every other position imagined....

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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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Employment Discrimination Still a Problem in West Virginia

A recent study finds that racial discrimination in hiring is as prevalent today as it was in the late 1980s. This research only confirms what too many West Virginians have learned the hard way: racial bias is a very real challenge for the career advancement of minority applicants. Read on to learn more about the...

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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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