In West Virginia and many other states, employers have the right to fire an employee whenever they want for most reasons. However, there are laws in place to protect employees in certain circumstances. For example, an employee cannot be terminated for retaliatory reasons as we discussed in a post earlier this month when a man was fired for reporting illegal behavior in his workplace. Other cases of wrongful termination, however, involve employees being fired for discriminatory reasons, such as race, gender or age.
Anyone who drives regularly n Charleston knows that tractor trailers pass through the city every day. Some navigate the highways only, and some have to drive through city streets to make a delivery. All of them, however, have the potential to cause destruction if their drivers aren't careful.
Everyone in West Virginia deserves to feel safe in their work environment. Unfortunately, some employees make this impossible for their co-workers. An example of this is playing out in Kanawha Circuit Court right now.
As most Charleston drivers know, when operating a vehicle, the best way to ensure your safety and the safety of others to be vigilant. Keeping your eyes on the road, being aware of your surroundings and avoiding distraction can all go a long way toward keeping our roads accident-free. Not all drivers, however, do a good job of this.
Anyone who has been involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer knows how dangerous it can be. And those who have not can certainly imagine the destruction a truck accident can cause, especially for those driving much smaller vehicles.
If you found out that something illegal -- something that could harm others -- was going on at your workplace, what would you do? Would you sit by and let it happen, or would you alert the right people to what was going on? Many West Virginia employees would choose to do the right thing and notify officials that illegal activity was taking place. As one West Virginia worker found out two years ago, however, this can unexpectedly lead to termination.
Last Thursday, one family was given the worst news they could imagine after a fatal accident took the life of a West Virginia man. The accident occurred on I-77 and was caused by a wrong-way driver. Police suspect the wrong-way driver may have been under the influence of alcohol when her car slammed head-on into a 48-year-old man's pickup truck. The man was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.