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Can women discriminate against other women?

A lot of times, women feel like they've endured some serious discrimination at work -- but they're not sure they have a chance at making a lawsuit for workplace discrimination stick because the primary person doing the discrimination was another woman. Is it really even possible for one woman to discriminate against another for being a woman?

Yes, actually, it is. And it happens all the time.

You can spot nursing home neglect

We often think of nursing home abuse as physical, sexual or psychological. Certainly, some nursing home residents are victims of these abuses. However, one of the most common forms of nursing home abuse is neglect.

Whether the neglect is intentional by staff members or the result of a facility being understaffed or not properly training and overseeing employees, nursing home neglect can result in injuries, deteriorating health and even death.

How to drive safely in West Virginia when the rain begins to pour

If you live in the state of West Virginia, you're well aware of the fact that strong storms hit the area every now and again.

During the summer months, it's not uncommon for a thunderstorm to move through your area. If this happens while you are behind the wheel, it's important that you understand the steps you can take to remain safe.

Can you be fired after getting hurt at work?

You're at work, just doing the normal tasks that come along with your job, when you're seriously injured. There was no horseplay involved, you followed all of the rules and safety protocols, and the accident still happened.

As such, the company is suddenly on the hook for workers' compensation payments. You're being paid, but your job isn't being done. Other workers have to pick up the slack or the company has to hire another person to do your job.

Female employee accuses Joe Holland Chevrolet of discrimination

A long-term female employee with Joe Holland Chevrolet dealership filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against her former employer in Kanawha Circuit Court on June 30, 2017. In her lawsuit, she chronicles how, despite having been commended for high degree of professionalism on many occasions since starting work there 1995, her final contact with her bosses made her, as a woman, feel like a second class citizen.

To substantiate her claims, the woman describes an incident that occurred at the dealership on April 29, 2017. That day, the plaintiff's cousin and his wife reportedly visited the dealership to purchase a car. When they arrived there, they requested to speak with the plaintiff. She happened to be off work that day and so another salesperson, a male, was brought in help the couple make their purchase.

Time limits and wrongful death claims: What you need to know

How long do you have to file a wrongful death claim? To answer that question, there are a couple of different legal issues that have to be considered. The first is the statute of limitations and the second is the rule of discovery.

Every state puts a limit on the time you have in which to file a personal injury claim, known as its statute of limitations. In West Virginia, the limit is 2 years. If you let that time period elapse, you no longer have the right to file a claim -- which means that you would lose the right to any compensation for your loss and the person who caused your family member's death may never be held accountable in court.

Nursing home abuse cases may continue to go to arbitration

If you have a loved one who has been abused or neglected in a nursing home, you want justice. You want to see the people responsible for harming your loved one made to pay for their actions (or inactions).

However, many nursing homes require people to sign a document upon entering or admitting a loved one that states that any legal action will go to arbitration. As one law professor, who is also a health policy expert, says, arbitration in most cases will "favor the repeat players who hire them? -- companies, not consumers."

Fight to receive the unpaid wages you deserve

If you are entitled to unpaid wages, there is no good reason to sit back and wait to see what happens. Instead, it would be in your best interest to learn more about your legal rights and then take immediate action.

In the state of West Virginia, there are wage regulations and statutes in place to protect workers. Even so, many people don't understand their rights with regard to unpaid wages and other related matters.

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