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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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Managers and Coworkers Contribute to Workplace Discrimination

But it's still the employer's responsibility to address it. No workplace is perfect, and anyone who has been in the workforce for more than a week can probably recall at least one instance when they were treated unfairly. However, employees have a right to expect a workplace free from unlawful discrimination, and a new study...

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Microsoft Investors Spur Sexual Harassment Review

A Workplace Harassment Lawyer in West Virginia Provides Details In late November 2021, Microsoft Corp. shareholders passed a nonbinding resolution after reports surfaced of misconduct by co-founder Bill Gates years ago, according to Bloomberg. The reports stated that Gates displayed inappropriate behavior toward female workers. The resulting resolution called for the company to report on...

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Facebook CEO Sued By Ex-Family Office Workers For Harassment, Discrimination

A West Virginia workplace harassment attorney provides the details Two ex-employees are suing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife over allegations of sexual and verbal workplace harassment, among other things. The lawsuit was filed in September 2021 by former family office workers in the departments of security and operations management. Between the two, the...

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Ford Motor Company Sued for Pregnancy Discrimination

Our attorneys discuss workplace discrimination, workers' rights Ford Motor Company is accused of violating federal law when the company allegedly refused to hire a woman because she was pregnant. The lawsuit against Ford was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). They claim Ford violated the Civil Rights Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination...

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