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Officer files suit over alleged pregnancy discrimination

Women in West Virginia often worry over when to tell their employer that they are pregnant. Although protected by federal law, pregnant women continue to face discrimination from their employers. An out-of-state police officer recently filed suit against her employer after what she says was repeated discriminatory behavior.

FMLA discrimination can be avoided during natural disasters

While recent natural disasters have left chaos and destruction across the country, those in West Virginia are not immune to the possibility that such a crisis will strike closer to home. When it does, they may need time off work to deal with the aftermath, whether that includes cleaning up, rebuilding or helping loved ones cope with the devastation. However, while some laws protect employees from discrimination when they need time off work under certain circumstances, they may not protect employees when it comes to meeting obligations during a natural disaster.

Estee Lauder faces federal lawsuit alleging gender discrimination

Fathers of new babies in West Virginia might be interested in news that the federal agency responsible for administering and enforcing violations of civil rights laws in the workplace has filed a federal lawsuit against a manufacturer and marketer of prestige skincare products. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accuses Estee Lauder of gender discrimination. This follows a complaint by a father who was denied the same amount of time off after the birth of his child as is allowed for mothers who are employed by the company.

Discrimination: Woman fired during maternity leave

The Family and Medical Leave Act has helped West Virginia women have peace of mind to choose to have children and continue with a career. Even though they may not necessarily be paid for their leave, the federal laws allow women to remain at home after giving birth according to doctor's instructions. One woman in another state recently settled a discrimination complaint against her former employer for $60,000 after she was fired during maternity leave.

If managers know about discrimination, what should they do?

The law protects workers from certain kinds of discrimination. For example, a West Virginia boss would be breaking the law to treat someone differently based on race, disability or religion. Often employees endure unacceptable treatment from managers and other co-workers simply because of their sex. When employers notice this type of discrimination, do they have an obligation to deal with it?

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