Mon General Hospital in West Virginia sued for discrimination

Two former employees are suing Monongalia County General Hospital for age discrimination. The women claim the hospital began hiring new, younger workers in 2013 while encouraging the older women to quit. The women state that their superiors harassed and intimidated them in an attempt to force them to resign due to their advanced age. If their allegations are supported, the hospital is likely guilty of discriminatory practices.

More on the case

According to a recent article in The West Virginia Record, the women worked for the hospital for over twenty years before the discrimination began. Two separate cases are filed in Monongalia Circuit Court, one for each employee. One suit alleges harassment in many forms including providing the employee with additional work and moving a workstation to a less desirable location in an attempt to get her to quit. The woman was ultimately fired for refusing to accept a housekeeping job with a minimum wage salary.

The second suit alleges harassment also based on additional work as well as negative comments. The woman was called into a meeting and asked to resign.

Both suits allege violation of basic rights under the West Virginia Human Rights Act. The women are seeking compensatory damages for lost wages and punitive damages. Punitive damages are monetary awards that are intended as a form of punishment.

More on the West Virginia Human Rights Act

West Virginia state law requires employers provide equal opportunity without regard to "race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, blindness or disability." This law applies to any employer that has twelve or more workers within the state for twenty or more calendar weeks in the calendar year that the discriminatory act allegedly occurred. Any exclusion or failure to extend equal opportunities based on an individual's age or other characteristic noted above qualifies as a discriminatory practice. This includes decisions regarding compensation as well as decisions to hire, offer tenure or other privileges of employment.

In instances of age discrimination, West Virginia's Human Rights Act defines "age" for purposes of age discrimination to include those that are at or over the age of forty.

Remedies available for victims of discrimination

It is important to note that federal protections are also available. As a result, those who believe they are the victim of discriminatory practices are wise to seek the counsel of an experienced workplace discrimination attorney. This legal professional will review the details of your case and advocate for your rights, working to better ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to. This can include back wages as well as additional monetary awards.