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August 2019 Archives

Whom does the Whistleblower Protection Act cover?

In a perfect world, federal agencies with offices in West Virginia would always conduct themselves in a way that was responsible, lawful and beneficial to the general public. Unfortunately, the world is not perfect and those in power can become greedy and corrupt. When that happens, it is necessary to hold those in charge to account for their actions and inactions. That duty often falls to whistleblowers, who are ordinary employees that make the difficult decision to report wrongdoing by their employers. 

Lawsuit filed following scaffolding collapse

It may be well-known amongst many in Charleston that certain industries can place those who operate in them in potentially dangerous situations. Some might question, then, why people would be willing to work in such professions. In many cases, employees working in potentially dangerous injuries may simply have a love for the work. They likely also have confidence that their employers (knowing the dangers that they face) have taken every step necessary to ensure their safety. It is typically only in the event that such an expectation is not met that workers chose to seek legal action against the companies that they work for. 

Attorneys challenge class action after plaintiff is dropped

The concept of a class action lawsuit may seem relatively straightforward to most in Charleston: a group shares the same cause of action against a single defendant, and thus collectively brings action against said defendant. Yet such matters are rarely that simple, both for those accused of wrongdoing and those doing the accusing. One might indeed feel as though they are a grievance with other parties, yet thorough research should still be devoted to one's individual claim to ensure that they indeed have a valid cause of action. Failing to verify this could potentially call the entire class' validity into question. 

What should I do about microaggressions at work?

Blatant discrimination at work is usually easy to identify. However, microaggressions, which are smaller, yet still hurtful, slights aimed at minority workers, are much harder to pin down. Even if the worker has a completely valid claim about poor behavior, it can be difficult to communicate the issue to others. This is especially true for the person responsible for the slight, who might be coming from an ignorant, yet well-intentioned place. CNBC offers the following examples of microaggressions and how employees can deal with them. 

Is it a pyramid scheme?

Like many in Charleston, there has likely been a time when you were contacted by a friend or associate about a product they are selling in conjunction with the opportunity for you to join them in selling it. You might immediately group all such pitches into the category of “pyramid schemes.” Yet to identify any business opportunity into such a broad category is to overlook the distinguishing elements between actual pyramid schemes and multi-level marketing campaigns. Pyramid schemes are illegal, while multi-level marketing campaigns are completely legitimate. 

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