Although numerous advances in equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have been made in recent years, there are still many states where LGBT people can be discriminated against in the workplace because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. West Virginia is one of those states.
The Americans with Disabilities Act is in place to prevent discrimination against disabled people in the workplace.
When someone reports sexual harassment, it seems like it would make sense to do something about the harassment, not retaliate against the person reporting it.
Schenker Inc. is a contract logistics services provider alleged to have allowed national origin and race harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment was also alleged by some workers.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in West Virginia since October 2014. However, a West Virginia nurse says that her employer, Huntington's St. Mary's Medical Center, refused to allow her to add her spouse to her employer-sponsored health insurance plan after they married in 2015.
Many members of the West Virginia workforce experience some form of disability. The kinds of disabilities vary widely and may include physical, cognitive, mental and other impairments. Most West Virginia residents want to be employed and this includes those dealing with a disability. Congress responded to the needs of the disabled population in 1990 by passing the Americans with Disabilities Act. This vital piece of legislation requires employers to make "reasonable accommodations" for these workers so that they may participate in the nation's workforce.
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.
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.
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.
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.