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Charleston WV Personal Injury Law Blog

Responding to sexual harassment and discrimination at work

Workers in West Virginia and across the country have several reasonable expectations regarding their employment. Among these expectations are a workplace that is free from harassment, allowing them to complete their job responsibilities, and fair treatment in regard to members of the opposite sex. Unfortunately, many workers are victims of sexual harassment and discrimination. Akers Law Offices PLLC is ready to help these victims seek the justice they deserve.

Even though harassment and discrimination at work are illegal, they still occur, often leaving people wondering how they can cope with the behavior toward them and also complete their job-related tasks. Harassment comes in different forms. In quid pro quo harassment, a supervisor propositions a worker with less power. He or she may request sexual favors in exchange for a new job, more pay or a promotion, among other demands. In other cases, another employee may create a hostile work environment through the use of repeated sexual innuendo or other behaviors that prevent a victim from doing his or her job.

Woman fired unjustly over religious belief, according to lawsuit

People within this country have a variety of religious beliefs. Regardless of a person's beliefs, however, he or she should be able to complete their job tasks without discrimination. Unfortunately, some people in West Virginia find that they are a target at a workplace when their beliefs differ from co-workers. For example, an out-of-state woman claims that she was fired unjustly because she did not share in the same beliefs as her co-workers and the owner of the company.

The plaintiff in the suit claims that she began working for the company in March 2015. Real Alkalized Water, the defendant in the case, reportedly hired her as a brand ambassador. On her first day, she claims, she was forced to watch movies with undertones of Scientology.

AP editor's employment law claim describes alleged discrimination

There are many people in West Virginia who are diligent and hardworking at their places of employment. Often, these workers are skilled and talented and expect to be rewarded for their efforts through pay and promotions. Unfortunately, an employee with the Associated Press has recently filed an employment law claim, arguing that she was discriminated against due to her age, gender and race.

The lawsuit claims that the woman has worked at the AP for approximately 30 years. Although she saw several years of promotions through the years, she claims that stopped in 2008 when a new bureau chief was hired. During the time of the chief's employment, she claims he created a hostile work environment by singling her out for criticism and chastising her in front of other employees. When he left the newswire a few years later, she claims the discrimination continued. Although she received a promotion, it took two years before her pay check reflected the pay increase that came with the new job title.

West Virginia car accident leaves man with serious injury

There are a variety of different users of West Virginia roadways. While most people likely think of traditional motor vehicles such as cars and trucks when they consider using the roads, pedestrians and cyclists have equal rights to safely utilize public roads. Unfortunately, drivers who are not aware of such people in the area can cause a serious car accident. One pedestrian is now fighting to recover from injuries suffered when he was struck by a car.

The incident happened at approximately 9:30 p.m. one night in early May. Details regarding the incident are unclear. However, police reports indicate that a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle near a West Virginia restaurant.

Employment law claim argues woman is a victim of discrimination

All patients in West Virginia and across the country expect that their medical records are kept private. This is especially true for employees of hospitals whose records may contain sensitive information that they do not want shared with their co-workers. Unfortunately, one hospital employee from a different state has recently filed an employment law claim, arguing that her medical records were accessed by a co-worker, resulting in hostility and discrimination.

The woman, who suffers from HIV, has been an employee of the hospital named as a defendant in the lawsuit since 1988. In May 2013, she was hospitalized for an extended period of time and learned approximately a year later that her medical records were improperly accessed by a co-worker. She was informed of the access in a letter sent to her from a hospital representative in April 2014.

Woman claims she was fired unjustly due to customer's harassment

It is almost impossible to visit a city without seeing a Starbucks. Many people in West Virginia flock to them every day for their caffeine fix. Unfortunately, one former employee of an out-of-state shop claims that a customer's harassment made her uncomfortable. Worse, she argues, complaining about the behavior to her supervisor led her to be fired unjustly.

The former employee recently filed a lawsuit as a result of the alleged incidents. She says that as part of her job at the coffee shop, she was encouraged to interact with customers. However, she claims that one particular customer began to harass her and stated that he wanted to have a romantic relationship with her. She claims that she told him to stop the behavior but to no avail.

West Virginia car accident sends passenger to hospital

While the majority of people in West Virginia are likely aware of the potential consequences of driving under the influence, they may be less aware of the dangers associated with fatigued drivers. A driver who falls asleep behind the wheel can easily cause a car accident that can have serious consequences. Unfortunately, one young man was recently sent to the hospital after the driver of the car he was riding in allegedly fell asleep at wheel.

Rescuers were notified about the accident just after 3:30 a.m. one morning in mid-April. According to reports, the driver of a vehicle claimed that he fell asleep, causing him to strike a utility pole. The force of the impact caused the pole to fall over, completely blocking the road.

Judge rules case involving retaliatory discharge can proceed

Politics in West Virginia local governments and other locations can often result in complex dealings. A recent out-of-state case alleging retaliatory discharge involving a sheriff's lieutenant illustrates this complexity. The plaintiff in the case claims that he was fired for addressing concerns about an animal shelter with the sheriff.

The plaintiff served as both the sheriff's lieutenant as well as a member of the Board of Supervisors for the county. He claims that he and other members of the Board discussed possible problems at the county's animal shelter, run by the sheriff. It was in his role as Board member and concerned citizen -- not as an employee -- that he took these concerns, including issues regarding the proper care of the animals as well financial concerns, to the sheriff.

Victims of pregnancy discrimination may have employment law claim

For many women in West Virginia and elsewhere, pregnancy is a time of anticipation and excitement. Many women spend the months leading up to the birth of their baby perusing baby names and designing a nursery. Unfortunately, many pregnant woman and new mothers find themselves facing discrimination from their employers or potential employers. Those who have been victims of such discrimination have the option of filing an employment law claim.

Because of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, employers with 15 or more employees are forbidden to discriminate against a woman who is pregnant or may become pregnant. The law additionally covers issues of childbirth and medical conditions related to a pregnancy. Primarily, an employer must treat an employee who is pregnant in the same manner as a non-pregnant employee with regards to disability, benefits and other issues.

"Religious Freedom" - The Thing That Couldn't Die

330px-ThingDie.jpg Yesterday I finished a trial that I "won" with a verdict in my client's favor.  However, I "lost" because the result wasn't what my client hoped for.  I was kind of bummed out but came to work my usual chipper self because it's spring and hope, er, springs eternal. 

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