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Is weight discrimination in the workplace against the law?

An experienced West Virginia workplace discrimination attorney explains Many forms of discrimination are against the law, including workplace discrimination based on someone’s race, gender, religion, disability, age or another protected class. What if someone is overweight? Can a company discriminate against an employee based on how much they weigh? Or is that against the law?...

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A rise in domestic violence linked to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice recently issued a “safer-at-home” order to replace the stay-at-home order. During the stay-at-home order, residents were urged to shelter in place and only travel for essential purposes, like going to work, getting groceries, and getting medical attention. What we once considered “normal” may not return for several weeks or months,...

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Should my employer have a strict anti-harassment policy?

No employee should have to feel out of place at work or fear a coworker or supervisor. Unfortunately, workplace harassment happens more often than we'd like to think. Some research concludes that about half of American workers have either experienced workplace harassment or witnessed it. Explicit vs. subtle harassment Workplace harassment can either be explicit...

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Breaking down the top workplace discrimination claims

As an employee, you have the right to feel welcomed and encouraged in the workplace – not thought of as inferior or treated with hostility. Sadly, a lot of workers are mistreated and are subject to unfair judgment and inequality in the workplace. Workplace discrimination is a serious charge. According to data from the Equal...

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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 workers: 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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