The term “employment claim” encompasses a number of different types of action between an employee and employer, whereby one of the parties seeks monetary compensation from the other for injuries or monetary losses, or where the parties dispute the terms of the employment – i.e. their statutory, contractual (or union) employment rights or obligations.
The types of employment claims that we handle most frequently include actions for wrongful discharge or wrongful termination, Discrimination, and whistleblower actions.
Please contact the the experienced employment law attorneys at Adams Legal Group, PLLC for a free evaluation of your employment claims today – (304)381-2166.
In an “at-will” employment state/jurisdiction, an employer generally may terminate an employee at any time, with or without notice and with or without any cause. However, even in an at-will state, such as WV, there are certain exceptions to this general rule, which makes the termination wrongful, such as where it is in violation of an employment contract, union contract, statutory provision, is discriminatory in motive, or is motivated by some other improper purpose that is in violation of a substantial public policy.
If you have been fired from your employment because of some discriminatory motive, based upon your age, race, color, gender, national origin, religion, disability, then you may have a claim for discriminatory wrongful termination.
Generally speaking, if you were employed in an “at will” employment state, such as West Virginia, that means that your employer may fire you or you may quit at any time, without notice, and with or without good cause. However, you may have additional protection afforded by a contract, Union status (also a contract), by virtue of being a civil servant, or a statutorily protected employee. It is also unlawful for an employer to terminate an employee for improper discriminatory motives, for whistleblowing or in violation of public policy.
West Virginia is an at-will employment state, but affords employees protection against wrongful discharge on the basis of discrimination or in retaliation for whistleblowing. West Virginia also protects employees from termination, where the purpose of the firing is against a substantial public policy, as set forth in an applicable law or regulation.
We are located in Morgantown, WV, and we represent aggrieved employees who were wrongfully terminated from their employment for an illegal or improper purpose.
If you have a wrongful discharge matter that you need evaluated, contact the competent trial attorneys at Adams Legal Group, PLLC for a free consultation on your case.
Disparate treatment of employees can give rise to a claim of unfair and discriminatory treatment. If you are facing a hostile work environment, passed up for promotion, demoted, or otherwise treated differently from similarly situated employees on account of your protected status – age, sex, race, national origin, color, religion or disability, then you may have an employment claim against your employer for discriminatory employment practices.
Although our society has made great strides in aspects like equality and inclusion, employment discrimination is still prevalent. This is sad because many competent individuals who can add great value to companies and the economy are unemployed.
Cases of discrimination pertaining to race, age, religion, sex, disability, pregnancy, ethnic background, color, and national origin are quite common. Unfortunately, less overt forms of discrimination like unlawful termination, sexual harassment and racial slurs are even more common. Nevertheless, West Virginia law provides protection and rights to people who are victimized on and deprived of employment or workplace advancement opportunities due to any type of illegal discrimination, and this is what we at Adams Legal Group, PLLC fight for.
Our WV employment discrimination attorney has been helping victims achieve justice since [Insert Year]. We have the complete and sound knowledge of the various West Virginia and US statutes that apply. Our knowledge in combination with our experience in this domain enables us to offer you quality guidance, caring counseling and fierce defense. We leverage on it to pursue even the most complex workplace discrimination claims effectively and successfully, thereby ensuring that you get your rights.
Remember that, by law employers can be held liable for deliberate employee discrimination and even for policies that have the effect of discriminating for example:
These are a few examples of indirect workplace discrimination communicated through office policies that can stop many potential employees from excelling professionally.
As workplace discrimination can take many forms, it’s important that you work with an experienced lawyer. Our WV employment discrimination attorney can investigate your case in-depth to determine the type and form of discrimination claims that you might be eligible for. Whether you have been denied a position at work or employment, or have suffered adverse workplace actions based on religion, gender, disability, national origin or any other type of characteristic that is legally protected, then we are here to help.
If you have been singled out because of your concerns about safety or employment practices, particularly about those practices being in violation of some applicable rule, regulation or law, and your employer takes action against you for raising or reporting those claims, then you have legal rights. The law is designed to protect employees who report and attempt to redress safety concerns and violations of laws by an employer. If you have faced reprisal or retaliation on account of your reports of safety concerns or illegal conduct by your employer, then you may have a claim for whistleblower retaliation.
West Virginia has a statutory legal requirement that employers pay wages to their employees in a consistent and timely manner, both as regular employees and upon termination of the employment relationship. If you were terminated by your employer and you have not received your wages and benefits then owing, in a timely manner, then you might be entitled to additional compensation and penalties may be assessed against the employer.
Our Morgantown, WV plaintiff personal injury lawyers represent employees who have been injured and seriously wronged by their employers throughout West Virginia.
If you believe that your employer took adverse employment action against you, in WV, and targeted you because of you being a member of a protected class, you should contact us to discuss a potential West Virginia employment discrimination claim.
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