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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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Breastfeeding at Work

If you’re a new mother within the work force in West Virginia, you may be concerned about breastfeeding on the job. New mothers will need to express milk several times throughout the day and doing so within a workplace can be tough to navigate. Fortunately, there are laws in place to protect women with these very concerns, as explained by the United States Department of Labor.

Standing up against age discrimination

On our website, we have gone over some of the different types of discrimination that continue to affect employees and applicants in workplaces across the country. For some prospective workers and employees in West Virginia, age discrimination has been especially problematic and has resulted in a host of challenges (depression, financial difficulties, career problems, etc.). If age discrimination has created problems for you personally, it is crucial to stand up against this illegal activity. If you are unsure whether or not you were discriminated against on the basis of your age, you may want to investigate the situation further.

Detailing your right to overtime pay

You no doubt work very hard in performing the duties inherent with your career in Charleston. Such a well-developed work ethic likely comes not only from you wanting to support yourself and your family, but also as show of loyalty and gratitude to your employer. Yet does your employer offer the same love in return? Many come to us here at The Grubb Law Group concerned that they are asked to work long hours without being fairly compensated for it. Knowing if that truly is the case requires understanding what the law mandates in regards to overtime pay. 

What are common FMLA violations?

Companies in West Virginia that fit criteria for complying with the Federal Medical Leave Act must offer the benefits to any eligible employee. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, if you have worked for your employer for at least 12 months and have put in a minimum of 1,250 hours over the last year, you are likely eligible. Unfortunately, FMLA violations are not uncommon in the workplace. Here are a few common violations that you should have on your radar when you apply for leave.

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