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Klie Law Offices Moves to New Parkersburg Location

Our law firm is pleased to announce that we are moving to a new office in Parkersburg, WV. “We are very excited about this move to a larger office space in Parkersburg and the opportunities it will bring to help us serve clients,” said attorney Karl Kolenich. “But while our location is changing, many other...

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Signs You’re Facing FMLA Retaliation in West Virginia

Know your legal rights – and your legal recourse The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives most West Virginia employees the right to take unpaid leave under certain circumstances. The law also protects employees from retaliation for exercising their right to FMLA leave. Unfortunately, not all employers follow the law, and some retaliate...

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Do Gifts Count as Child Support in West Virginia?

Don't make assumptions when it comes to your child's financial needs. In virtually any divorce or separation with children in West Virginia, the courts will order one parent to pay child support to the other parent. In theory, this is pretty simple: the payments are made on a regular basis in accordance with the child...

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Breaking Down the Top Divorce Myths in West Virginia

If you're headed toward divorce, make sure you know the facts. Everyone has an opinion on divorce. Even people who have never been through a divorce themselves know someone who has, or they have opinions shaped by the media. So it's no surprise that there are many myths and misconceptions about divorce — and if...

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Breaking Down West Virginia's New 50-50 Child Custody Law

An experienced family law attorney explains what you need to know. Last month, the "Best Interests of Child Protection Act of 2022" went into effect in West Virginia, changing how child custody cases work in family court. West Virginia courts have long used the "best interest of the child" standard when determining custody, and that...

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What's the Definition of Workplace Retaliation?

Know your rights - and what to do if your employer violates them One of the biggest challenges for employees trying to protect their rights is fear of retaliation. That fear is not unfounded: according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), retaliation is far and away the most common discrimination charge filed at...

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Reporting Workplace Sexual Harassment in West Virginia

Victims of harassment have legal recourse Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious matter. It can affect people's careers, safety, quality of life, and even their physical health. That's why victims of sexual harassment have protection under both federal and West Virginia law. However, the process to report sexual harassment can be confusing and...

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Is it Legal for Employers to Discriminate Based on Weight?

Breaking down an unfortunate gap in the anti-discrimination laws Obesity is on the rise, both in the United States and globally. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated what was already a long-term trend: Americans are gaining more weight than ever, which has implications for both public health and workplace discrimination. Research has shown that overweight workers, particularly...

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Study: Workplace Sexual Harassment Increases Risk of High Blood Pressure

Employers need to take these risks seriously In recent years, plenty of media attention has been given to the risks of sexual harassment in the workplace, and for good reason. Sexual harassment isn't just inappropriate; it affects people's careers, their safety, and even their physical health. A recent study funded by the National Institutes of...

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