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Klie Law Offices – Employment Attorneys Located in Parkersburg, WV

If your rights have been violated, we know how to help

Our law firm has an office on Market Street in the downtown area of Parkersburg, WV. From this convenient location, we serve the Mid-Ohio Valley including all of Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt, and Wood counties as well as the surrounding area. Our attorneys would be honored to speak with you regarding your potential legal case.

At Klie Law Offices, we realize that a hostile work environment or employment dispute can be the source of a tremendous amount of anxiety and stress. At the same time, if you are the victim of an unlawful termination, workplace discrimination, harassment, wage discrepancy, breach of contract, or have some other type of complaint against your employer, it’s important to remember that you do have rights.

Labor laws exist in every state, primarily to ensure your rights as an employee are protected and you are treated fairly at your job. When your boss, supervisor, manager, or someone else in the workplace violates those rights, you may be able to take legal action and file a lawsuit to recover appropriate compensation for your damages.

A legal team standing up for workers throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley

Klie Law Offices protects workers’ rights as well as fights for victims of serious and fatal accidents. We have an extensive track record of winning big cases all over the Mid-Ohio Valley in Parkersburg, Vienna, Williamstown, North Hills, Boaz, Davisville, Harrisville, Elizabeth, Ripley, St. Marys, and Lubeck.

With more than 15 years of experience with the West Virginia justice system, our attorneys have answered many questions about workplace harassment and discrimination. Below are answers to some of the questions we are most frequently asked.

The information provided here is general, not advice on your specific situation. To learn more about how the law applies directly to you, contact our law offices for a free case consultation. You can come to our Parkersburg office, or we can come to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are examples of illegal harassment and/or discrimination at work?

Some examples of potentially legally actionable conduct in the workplace are:

  • Verbal and non-verbal remarks - Discriminatory ridicule, insults, jokes, comments, or drawings
  • Sexual harassment - Explicit or implicit propositions, “quid pro quo” arrangements for sexual favors, threatened, attempted or actual sexual assault
  • Intimidation - Psychologically or physically threatening actions
  • Ostracizing – intentionally excluding or leaving someone out
  • Embarrassment and humiliation
  • Overburdening with work
  • Stopping someone from doing their full work
  • Retaliation for filing complaints
  • Questions about an employee’s private life
  • Intentional touching such as embracing, patting, or pinching
  • Sabotage
  • Destructive criticism

Is my workplace toxic and actionable, or just bad?

Not all bad work situations rise to the level of legally actionable harassment and discrimination. Typically, a discrimination or harassment lawsuit may be filed when an employee has been treated differently on the basis of a legally protected category, such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, or in retaliation for taking a protected action (such as reporting misconduct in good faith).

Work harassment and discrimination can affect all aspects of employment including:

  • Hiring
  • Firing
  • Training
  • Layoff
  • Fringe benefits
  • Pay
  • Promotions
  • Expectations
  • Workload
  • Write-ups
  • Vacation and sick time

How much can I get for a wrongful termination lawsuit?

Wrongful termination is when someone is fired for an illegal reason, such as a violation of anti-discrimination laws or retaliation for a protected action. Settlements for wrongful termination can vary greatly, but, on a national scale, they average to around $40,000. However, every case is unique, depending on the circumstances and the level of income of the employee who was wrongfully terminated.

What are the West Virginia laws that protect me from workplace harassment and discrimination?

In addition to federal workplace protections, West Virginia has many laws that aim to create safe work environments. It is illegal to discriminate against someone based on their sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or in retaliation for a protected activity (such as filing a complaint against your employer in good faith).

What if I’m being harassed by someone at work who isn’t my boss or even an employee?

Your employer is responsible for all your working conditions, not just the conduct of your coworkers. Hostile work environments can be created by vendors, clients, and other non-employees with business relationships. If your employer doesn’t take prompt steps to shut down the harassment, they can be held legally liable.

Do I need to file a lawsuit?

Not necessarily. Talking to an attorney isn’t a commitment to file a lawsuit or take any other specific legal action. Many employment issues can be resolved via negotiation. Sometimes an employer is simply ignorant of the law instead of actively malicious. Klie Law Offices can investigate your claim and advise you on all your legal options.

How can an employment lawyer help me? How do you win workplace harassment or discrimination lawsuits?

It’s unfortunate, but many victims of workplace harassment and discrimination do not file claims over the abuse they suffer. There is a fear that no one will believe them or that they don’t have the right evidence to win.

At Klie Law Offices, we put employees first. Our West Virginia employment attorneys understand the great lengths people who discriminate and harass others will go to cover up their bad behavior. And we know how to overcome attempts to hide the truth. We stop at nothing to get justice for victims of toxic workplaces.

If you are facing harassment and discrimination, it is important that you document instances of abuse. This will help establish your claim later. Keep personal records of workplace harassment and discrimination. Write down when harassment happens. Describe the actions, time, place, and participants involved.

Our law firm will thoroughly investigate your claim and gather evidence that may include:

  • Personnel files
  • Pay records
  • Employee handbook, contract, guide, job description, etc.
  • Physical evidence of harassment or discrimination such as pictures or items left on your desk, emails, voice messages, handwritten notes, and photos or videos you have taken documenting the harassment
  • Mental health and medical records
  • Witness statements. There are often bystanders to harassment. Our attorneys know how to identify people who can help your case

How much does it cost to see an employment lawyer?

Klie Law Offices offers free case evaluations to people who know or suspect they are victims of illegal treatment at work. At no cost to you, a member of our legal team will listen to the details of your case, explain how the law applies to your situation, and help you weigh your options.

What do I do if I’m suffering in a hostile or toxic work environment?

You have legal recourse and protection. West Virginia law requires employers to provide employees with workplaces free from sexual harassment and discrimination based on sex, race, age, or disability, among other things. Sometimes workplace abuse takes the form of missed promotions, low wages, inability to access the full range of benefits offered, and wrongful termination. If any of this sounds familiar to you, contact Klie Law Offices for a free case consultation.

West Virginia lawyers fighting to bring you justice

Whether you have an employment law case, a case involving personal injury, or a legal matter that has to do with family law, getting professional legal help to learn and understand all your legal options is usually a smart move. Our dedicated legal team is highly skilled, caring, compassionate, and prepared to answer your questions so that you can make an informed decision on how you want to proceed with your case.

Our law firm knows how to get results

Since 2005, our attorneys have been helping clients in West Virginia overcome complicated legal matters. As your lawyer, we promise to work tirelessly and fight to get the best possible outcome in your case. Our dedicated legal team has the knowledge and experience to handle a wide range of legal cases, including those involving car accidents and other personal injury claims.

To find out how we can help with your case, contact us today. We have offices in Parkersburg and Buckhannon, and we proudly serve clients in all 55 counties of West Virginia.

Directions to our Parkersburg, WV office:

From the North

Head south on I-77 S
Take exit 176 toward US-50 W/Northwestern Turnpike
Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Downtown/Athens OH and merge onto US-50 W/Northwestern Turnpike
Take the VA-14/Division St exit toward Downtown
Turn right onto Fifth St
Continue onto Fifth St
Turn left onto Market St
Our office will be on the left

From the South

Head north on I-77 N
Take exit 173 for WV-95 toward Campden Ave
Turn left onto WV-95 W/Little Kanawha River Rd/Point Dr
Turn left onto Camden Ave
Turn right onto Fifth St/Division St
Continue onto Fifth St
Turn left onto Market St
Our office will be on the left

From the East

Head west on US-50 toward Parkersburg
Take the VA-14/Division ST exit toward Downtown
Turn right onto Fifth St
Continue onto Fifth St
Turn left onto Market St
Our office will be on your left

From the West

Head east on OH-32 E/US-50 E
Take the US-50 exit toward Parkersburg
Continue onto US-50 E/Northwestern Turnpike into West Virginia
Use the right 2 lanes to take the VA-68 N exit toward Juliana St/Downtown
Continue onto WV-68 N
Turn right onto Sixth St
Turn right onto Market St
Our office will be on the left

Klie Law Offices
404 Market St Suite 200
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Phone: (304) 699-0780

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