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Coal Miners Discrimination / Retaliation Claims Under W.Va. Code 22A-1-22 et seq: Miners Reporting Safety Concerns

Mining is a hazardous occupation. Although companies in our state have instituted safety programs and gone beyond the extreme dangers and risks that once plagued the industry, there continue to be abuses. Safety is or should be the number one priority in the mining industry. Explosions, toxic fumes, methane and coal dust explosions, collisions, fires, […]

Constitutional Carry: What West Virginia’s Need to Know

Earlier this year, much ado was made about House Bill 4145 in the West Virginia Legislature that would make it legal to carry a handgun, either openly or concealed, without a government permit. Supporters of the bill saw it as an exercise of their Second Amendment rights, while detractors saw the bill as dangerous step […]

Credit Discrimination- Still present and Still Unfair

In a perfect world, everyone would abide by the rules in place, and discrimination of any kind would be a thing of the past.  We all know all too well that this is far from our reality.  One area where discrimination can really impact lives is that of credit discrimination.  What do we mean when […]

Keep Your Past From Jeopardizing Your Future By Getting An Expungement!

If you can relate to the new hit show Orange Is The New Black, CSI, Law & Order, or Cops, then you need to know about expungements. In West Virginia, there exists a process that allows those individuals that have been convicted of a range of misdemeanors to seal and remove their arrests/convictions from their criminal record. […]

Know Your West Virginia Human Rights

Are you informed of your rights against discrimination in the state of West Virginia? Under the West Virginia Human Rights Act, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate on certain protected classes. These classes include: race, sex, age (of 40 years and older), disability, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, and blindness.  These protections are […]

Are You Accommodating? Fulfilling Requirements of Religious Accommodations

Employers and employees need to be aware of the possibility of religious-discrimination claims in the workplace.  Employees can require certain accommodations to be made under the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  Specifics of the Act can be read here.  How to know if Title VII applies […]

Bubba Gump- From Shrimp to Wages

If you’ve seen the movie Forest Gump, the name Bubba Gump will remind you of one thing- shrimp.  Bubba Gump has been in the news recently, though this time it’s for more than just shrimp.  Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurants was involved in a lawsuit with an employee.  The judge in this case ordered the […]

When Life Hands You Lemons— Know the WV Lemon Law

Have you heard the term “Lemon Law?”  It is likely that you have.  However, are you clear on exactly what is covered and addressed under this law?  In West Virginia, the “Lemon Law” is contained in the West Virginia Code, in the section of “Consumer Protection- New Motor Vehicle Warranties.”  You can read the full […]

Underground or surface coal miner? Support an end to black lung disease

The health of coal miners matters.  If you are a coal miner and you have suffered health conditions that may be related to your occupation, you do not have to suffer with no hope.  Steps are being taken to fight for greater protection for the conditions of coal miners in both underground and surface mining.  […]

Secrets- A Component of the Attorney-Client Privilege

When you think of who you’d tell your deepest, darkest secrets to, the list is probably short and clear: your mother, your romantic partner, maybe even your best friend.  Are you aware that attorneys make a commitment to their clients, in what is known as Attorney-Client Privilege? This relationship has been under scrutiny recently, as […]