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When Do You Need an Employment Discrimination Attorney in Northern WV?

Submitted by on Tue, 17/12/19 - 19:09

Employment discrimination can take many forms. When an employee in Morgantown, West Virginia (WV), surrounding areas, or any part of the state, is subjected to harassment or unfair treatment at work, it is appropriate to contact an employment discrimination attorney in northern WV.

An experienced attorney can help you identify the reason(s) for the unfair treatment or harassment and determine if it is related to discrimination on the basis of membership in a protected class—traits such as race, gender, disability, religion, or other personal characteristics that are protected under the law. Not all employment discrimination or harassment is illegal so it is important to determine the basis for the treatment by your employer.


An Employment Discrimination Attorney in Northern WV Can Guide Your Next Steps


An image of a small scale, representing the injustice of workplace discrimination and how employees in West Virginia should consult with an employment discrimination attorney in northern WV.

WV workplace discrimination claims are governed by multiple federal and state statutes. In some cases, local policies and municipal ordinances also apply. WV employment laws, like those of the federal government, exist for the protection of employees. However, without the assistance of a skilled employment discrimination attorney in northern WV, victims can become overwhelmed by the sheer number of laws and the timeframes that apply to each.


What Is Employment or Workplace Discrimination?


Employment discrimination can occur at any time—from the hiring process to termination and everywhere in between. WV workplace discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, pregnancy, age (40 years and older), or disability is prohibited by WV employment laws and by federal statutes.


Several WV municipalities have passed ordinances that expand federal and state discrimination and harassment protections. These additional protections often include the LGBTQ community as a protected class after the state legislature failed to implement such protections. Morgantown, Beckley, Buckhannon, Charleston, Charles Town, Harpers Ferry, Huntington, Lewisburg, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown, Sutton, Thurmond, and Wheeling have all approved some form of legal protections that apply to employment discrimination.


What to Do if You Are Being Discriminated against at Work


Here are some steps you can take if you believe you are being illegally discriminated against at work:


1.    Keep a record. If an incident occurs, create a record of it, specifically noting date, time, witnesses, and other relevant details. If incidents continue to occur, maintain records of each occurrence. It is important to keep detailed records regarding each incident.


2.    Review employment policies. Carefully examine the details of your employer’s harassment and discrimination policies, and any other relevant documents.


3.    Follow reporting procedures. It is likely that your employer outlines a specific procedure for reporting harassment and discrimination incidents. Be sure to report any occurrences to the appropriate parties in a timely manner.


4.    Continue to gather facts and evidence. In addition to written records of incidents, keep any additional evidence that supports your claim, but DO NOT remove from your workplace any documents that may contain confidential information without first consulting with an experienced employment discrimination attorney. Removing these documents can cause serious problems for you later.


Next Steps When Discrimination Is Not Being Addressed Properly


If you have taken the appropriate steps to report harassment or discrimination to your employer and your employer has failed to take action, you have a legal right to take further action. In these cases, the next step might be reporting to a regulatory body or agency. At the federal level, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) accepts claims related to discrimination under federal laws.


In some cases involving WV workplace discrimination, you may file a claim with the WV Human Rights Commission (WVHRC) or with a local human rights commission like the Morgantown Human Rights Commission. An experienced WV employment attorney can help you decide the best approach for your situation.


Is It Time to Consult with an Employment Discrimination Attorney in Northern WV?


If you live or work in northern WV, we can help you evaluate your employment rights under the various applicable laws. The lawyers at Allan N. Karlin & Associates, PLLC have decades of experience helping people hold employers accountable for wrongdoing, and we will put our experience to work for you. Get help today by calling 304-296-8266 or 800-540-2159, or complete our law firm’s online contact form.