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Truck driver gets $48K in UPS whistleblower retaliation case

The federal government ordered a UPS facility in New Hampshire to pay nearly $50,000 for retaliating against a driver who insisted on following the rules. In March 2019, managers at a UPS Ground Freight facility in Londonderry, New Hampshire suspended, harassed and fired a truck driver after he refused to operate a truck without an...

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What Impact has the #MeToo Movement Had on the Workplace?

It's been two years since the #MeToo movement swept across the United States, forever changing how workplace sexual harassment is handled. In a radio interview on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, host David Greene interviews victims and other people involved in the #MeToo movement. The interview sheds light on the impact the #MeToo movement has had...

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OSHA outlines how employers can protect whistleblowers from workplace retaliation

Disgruntled or not, an employee has a right under federal whistleblower laws to report workplace health and safety issues without retaliation. The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has outlined steps to help employers deal with these issues, according to The National Law Review. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers...

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Dozens of Google employees: We were retaliated against for reporting harassment

Google employees said that after reporting sexual harassment and other problems, the industry giant retaliated with negative job reviews and demotions. The culture of retaliation at Google resulted in employees suffering mental health and medical issues,  in addition to career punishment, like being dropped from desirable projects, they said. The allegations of workplace retaliation for...

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Attorney Erika Klie Kolenich To Run for Governor of West Virginia

Attorney Erika Klie Kolenich of Klie Law Offices recently announced that she will be running for governor of West Virginia as a Libertarian in the 2020 election, My Buckhannon reports. Kolenich is a Buckhannon native who graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 1997. She graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2001 where she majored in political science and dramatic...

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How hard is it to prove workplace age discrimination?

If you’re over 40, you face the risk of age discrimination in the workplace. You may get passed over when applying for a job, even though you’re qualified. You may get fired because your company can hire a younger worker for less pay. You may hear your boss make an offensive comment because of your...

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Incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace on the rise

A variety of stresses at work typically come with the job, but sexual harassment shouldn’t be one of them. Unfortunately, incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace are on the rise, including here in West Virginia. According to Market Watch, the increase began around October 2017, when the #metoo movement gained momentum. While sexual harassment...

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What Constitutes Disability Discrimination in the Workplace? West Virginia Attorneys Discuss

People with disabilities should be able to work and provide for themselves without facing any kind of stigma or discrimination. Unfortunately, disability discrimination often occurs in the workplace – leaving people with disabilities with little-to-no options to find and maintain employment. Massive layoffs at Walmart demonstrate a part of a larger problem Historically, employees with...

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