A West Virginia Employment Law Attorney Will Help People Protect Their Rights on the Job
At Crim Law, a West Virginia employment law attorney can assist you with a wide range of legal issues that arise in the course and scope of your employment. We are seasoned attorneys who have dedicated our careers to assisting people and families in their times of need.
Common Employment Law Issues in West Virginia
West Virginia is an “at will” employment state. That means that workers can be fired at any time, for no reason, and without advance notice. However, it does not mean that employees do not have any rights.
State and federal laws protect employees from a wide range of discrimination and retaliation at work. They also require that employees be paid a certain minimum wage and that many workers get overtime pay for excess hours.
Some of the more common legal issues that arise from one’s employment include:
- Wage and hour and overtime violations
- Sexual harassment
- Severance agreements
- Wrongful termination
- Whistleblower claims
We offer free consultations in which we will discuss your case and provide a thorough and honest assessment of your rights and options.
Pay and Overtime Claims in West Virginia
West Virginia law sets certain minimum standards for regular pay and overtime wages.
Employers in the state must pay their employees at least $8.75 per hour. They also have to ensure that employees are paid for all their time on the job.
Many employees are entitled to overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours in a given week. State law requires that these employees be paid at a rate of 1.5 times their normal hourly rate for overtime work.
Whether you are eligible for overtime depends on several factors, including your typical pay rate. A West Virginia employment law lawyer at our firm can help you determine if you are owed overtime pay.
Employment Discrimination and Harassment at Work
Discrimination and harassment remain common at many workplaces around the country, despite rising public attention to the issue and efforts to eradicate bias on the job. Even companies with the best intentions often do not have the policies and reporting systems to ensure their employees are protected.
Discrimination comes in many different forms. The most common include bias based on:
- National origin
- Sexual orientation
These forms of bias can manifest themselves in various ways, from hiring decisions to work assignments and promotions. They can also result in workplace harassment, to rude comments and gestures or sexual advances and physical threats.
Speak With a West Virginia Employment Law Attorney
If you have questions about your rights on the job or are locked in a dispute with your employer, it is crucial to have an experienced attorney in your corner. Our office is conveniently located in Clarksburg, and we are pleased to serve clients throughout the State of West Virginia. Contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our West Virginia employment lawyers.