September 2017 Archives

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.

Discrimination and retaliation often go hand in hand

Disability is a protected class under the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This protects disabled workers from discrimination. Unless the employee is unable to perform an essential job function, accommodations should be made to fit the worker's situation. It's not always the case, though. Sometimes a disabled employee will make a claim or request assistance, only to be denied and then punished for their action. All too often, discrimination claims become retaliation claims.

Bad faith insurance denies valid claims

In most cases, if a homeowner has a mortgage, the lender requires a basic amount of insurance coverage to protect the property. Many homeowners extend their protection, especially if they live in areas prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes. While West Virginia does not see many damaging earthquakes, there are many other reasons why a homeowner may file a claim for property damage. The last thing a homeowner needs when facing such damage is to deal with bad faith insurance.

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.

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