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At-Will Employment

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Employers need to follow very strict guidelines when hiring and firing workers. Unfortunately, some companies play fast and loose with the rules. Some arbitrarily decide to fire a loyal employee who didn't do anything wrong.

Unfortunately, employment law in West Virginia often gives companies the right to terminate an employee without warning. These laws are known as At-Will Employment laws. And many states have drastic rules.

But such rules and regulations are not as simple or straightforward as many people might think. Employees do have rights. That's why it's important to talk to an attorney at Klie Law Offices as soon as possible if you believe you have been wrongfully terminated.

What is at-will employment?

At-will employment laws have existed for more than a century. Under such laws, employers can technically hire or fire anyone at any time for any reason, and employees are likewise free to leave their jobs without notice. At least, that's the way it can seem to some people. But that's not how at-will employment laws actually work in practice.

Like many other states, West Virginia employers have to follow many strict laws when it comes to firing employees, including At-Will Employment laws. Other laws involve:

  • Discrimination laws - Companies cannot fire an employee on the basis of their gender, race, religion, disability, nationality or many other factors.
  • Breach of contract - Employers can fire workers for violating a work contract. But contracts work both ways and protect workers from being terminated, whether the contract is written or implied.
  • Retaliating against workers - Employees cannot be fired for filing a complaint against the company or other activities objected to by employers, including union activities or negotiating for better wages.

How can a West Virginia lawyer help me?

Knowing what to do in such cases can be confusing. That's why it's critical that you talk to an attorney at our law firm as soon as possible about your potential case. You have rights. And our law firm can vigorously represent them.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor. Or after consulting with us, you may decide to have us file a lawsuit on your behalf against your employer.

Such decisions can be very complicated and can have a major impact on your life. That's why it's critical that you consult with an attorney at our law firm right away. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation today. We know how to get the job done right.

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