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What events qualify for leave under the FMLA?

For people who work in West Virginia, it is important to understand what protections are available to them by law to allow them to take care of family matters without the fear of losing their jobs. The Family and Medical Leave Act is a federal law that outlines the provisions for time away from one's job due to qualifying life events. Integral to this law is that the employee is guaranteed to return to a position of equal status and pay upon completion of their leave time.

Are you an at-will employee?

You go to work in Charleston every day confident that you the only way you could lose your job would be if you give your employer a reason to fire. So if you are approached out-of-the-blue with news that you are fired, your confusion is understandable. Can an employer really fire its employees for no good reason? Surprisingly, the answer to that question is yes, thanks to the at-will employment doctrine. 

Should I date a co-worker?

It’s not uncommon for people to spend a majority of their day at their place of work. As a result, it can be easy to enter into workplace romances, which can have a detrimental effect on a person’s career or even lead to sexual harassment claims. While it’s not legally forbidden to date a co-worker, Forbes recommends keeping the following points in mind before moving forward.

Standing firm against religious discrimination

Employees experience mistreatment for many different reasons while they are working, whether they are discriminated against due to their gender or because of some other factor that is related to the way in which they were born. These unlawful examples of discrimination are unacceptable and there are other ways in which people experience discrimination while trying to carry out their job duties. For example, someone may be discriminated against as a result of their faith and it is also important to address religious discrimination whenever it takes place. Sadly, many people have been through this firsthand and it can be incredibly challenging.

Defending the rights of minimum wage workers

Sometimes, when people hear of an employment law case, it involves employees with a sizeable salary or high-profile position. However, the rights of all workers deserve to be respected, regardless of how much they earn or the industry they are employed in. Unfortunately, some minimum wage workers' rights are violated and many may feel as if they are voiceless or they have no legal options. Moreover, some may not be aware of their legal rights and they may fail to take action against an employer who has completely disregarded their rights.

What are the employment restrictions for 16-year-olds?

If you are the parent of a 16-year-old in Virginia, the chances are good your child is ready to find a job and enter the workforce. As your child embarks upon this next step in life, you should understand the restrictions put in place by labor laws. The government wants to ensure your child is safe in the work environment and that your child is able to still attend school and handle school responsibilities in addition to working.

Work-related injuries and disability discrimination

People are injured in the workplace in many ways, from mishaps that occur on construction sites (electrocution, injuries involving dangerous machinery, falling off of a ladder and so on) to those which occur in an office setting or on the road. Unfortunately, workplace injuries can make life incredibly tough for victims and those they love. Not only can these injuries lead to physical pain, hospital bills, financial problems from taking time away from work, career changes and emotional issues, they can also shatter a worker’s life in other ways. For example, someone may face discrimination due to a work-related injury.

Is discrimination against transgender people illegal?

It’s a must that employers in West Virginia ensure that their workplaces are inclusive, non-hostile environments. This is especially important for transgender employees, who face a great deal of discrimination on a daily basis. Justia.com explains what employers need to know about transgender discrimination, including the different types of situations that can occur.

What protections does West Virginia provide to whistle blowers?

One of the most difficult decisions you may ever have to face is turning your employer in for violations of legal or industry standards to the appropriate authority in Charleston. Your hesitancy may not even come from a question of the legitimacy of your claim, but rather the fear that doing so could cost you your job (if it were discovered that you were the one to blow the whistle). Yet authorities want to know when companies are acting inappropriately, and they realize that the best way to discover violations is to learn of them from the employees themselves. Thus, laws have been enacted to protect you when you do report violations made by your employer. 

What are some examples of harassment?

West Virginia workplaces must be a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. However, harassment unfortunately still occurs, and problematic behaviors can be sexual or non-sexual in nature. In order to prevent an uncomfortable or hostile working environment, both employees as well as supervisors must know what harassment entails. TheBalance.com offers the following information.

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