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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Public Benefits for West Virginia on
Q: should my pension be separate from my disability

i was disabled by dupont with a guarantee of 60% of my pay ssi pays half and dupont paid half. when i started getting my pension they deducted it from my disability pay from dupont

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Apr 8, 2024

I understand your concern about your pension being deducted from your disability pay from DuPont. Generally, pensions and disability benefits are treated as separate forms of income, and one should not affect the other. However, the specific terms of your disability agreement with DuPont and the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for West Virginia on
Q: Can I be suspended from work by someone other than my supervisor and can that person be in my workspace during suspensio

I was suspended pending an investigation. I was told not to discuss it and not to go to my workplace. Can the people conducting the investigation go there? They could be destroying evidence that would prove they did wrong and are trying to blame me.

T. Augustus Claus
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answered on Oct 3, 2023

Typically, an employer's policy and procedures outline who has the authority to suspend an employee. If you're concerned about evidence being tampered with during an investigation, documenting your concerns in writing and possibly sending them to a neutral third party within the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Civil Rights for West Virginia on
Q: I was fired today for Violating Drug and Alcohol Policy for taking a hit off a delta 8 vape pen which is LEGAL

Can I take action for being terminated for violating drug and alcohol policy for taking a hit off a delta 8 Vape which is LEGAL and not a controlled substance in West Virginia. I was not warned, was not drug tested, but was terminated

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Sep 18, 2023

Due to growing safety concerns, on June 8, 2023, Delta-8 became an illegal Schedule 1 controlled substance in West Virginia.

Putting that aside, an employer can fire you for violating its own drug and alcohol policy and is free to include Delta-8 in its policy regardless of whether it is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for West Virginia on
Q: Started work on 5/1 for the state of WV. Had a seizure AT work 5/5 morning. Got fired 6/14. Fired for reasons from seizu

Started work on Monday working for the state of WV.

Had a seizure AT work Friday morning of the same week.

Coworkers heard me hit my head off of desk/computer as I was seizing. Called 9-11 and went to ER by ambulance.

Returned to work on Monday (2 days later)... View More

Cynthia Pietrucha
Cynthia Pietrucha
answered on Sep 28, 2023

You may have a disability discrimination case. Check with a lawyer in your state to understand your rights under WV law. You can also contact lawyers out of state to understand your rights under federal law. Best of luck!

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for West Virginia on
Q: How legally binding is a non-compete clause if a client wants to continue services after terminating your contract?

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor working as an Independent Contractor for a small private practice. I am planning on starting my own practice in the near future and have a handful of long-term clients that the current practice will not be able to absorb. If the clients want to continue... View More

Kasim Carbide
Kasim Carbide
answered on Sep 20, 2022

The answer to your questions will depend on (1) what West Virginia courts consider enforceable non-competition provisions, (2) the specific facts and circumstances of your case, and (3) the language of the non-compete as well as any other restrictive covenants (clauses that forbid you from doing... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury and Employment Discrimination for West Virginia on
Q: What to do when you get fired from your job after 10 yrs & right before your FMLA is due to be in affect.

I was diagnosed with a serious form of cancer & got fired due to missing 7days in a yr.

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson
answered on Jun 24, 2021

Hello, more information is needed here. Did you miss due to your cancer? I would highly recommend reaching out to an employment law attorney to discuss this situation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for West Virginia on
Q: I have a layoff letter but my employer told unemployment I resigned

I am receiving unemployment for one year. Now my employer reported that I resigned. I received a layoff letter from them . They didn't pay my pto too.

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on May 4, 2021

If your employer is claiming you resigned to contest your unemployment claim, you should make sure your unemployment office gets a copy of your layoff letter and explain that you did not voluntarily resign. Whether you are entitled to your unused PTO upon termination is generally governed by... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for West Virginia on
Q: I was terminated for work performance three months after filing a worker's compensation claim. Do I have a claim?

I was injured on September 4th. Starting two weeks later, I was written up once a month (in September, October, and November) before being terminated 1/1/21. All of the write ups were for work performance. I was never given assistance or accommodation to ease my workload, despite being told that my... View More

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson
answered on Jan 6, 2021

Hi, I would reach out to an employment lawyer in your state for a consultation. Some states, like Ohio, have laws preventing employers from retaliating or terminating an employee because the employee filed a workers compensation claim.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for West Virginia on
Q: My husband has been out of work since March and has been denied unemployment as he had a partial left foot amputation in

In April and couldn't actively seek work he still has his job when the doctors clear him I am disabled and we have been forced to live on my disability can I sue the unemployment office for benefits including retroactive ones?

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Dec 1, 2020

To be eligible for unemployment benefits, the general rule is that the individual must be physically able to work. Thus, during your husband's surgery and post-operative recovery period, he would unfortunately not be eligible to receive unemployment benefits if he was not physically able to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Sexual Harassment for West Virginia on
Q: Hostile work environment do I have a lawsuit ?

I worked with asplundh tree experts LLC for almost a year and I got fired bc I took off a few days because I had been under so much stress and anxiety and I was supporting 7 people in my home and I was threatened with a knife to my stomach and was told he was bonded to shoot me and he would get by... View More

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer
answered on Aug 26, 2020

More information is needed to analyze your situation. You should contact an employment law attorney in your area to determine if you have a claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act or Title VII for the way you were treated by your former employer.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for West Virginia on
Q: Employees at work received a raise for a certification. ialso received this but did not get te raise. is this a case.
William S. Adams
William S. Adams
answered on Feb 17, 2012

On its face, the conduct of the employer appears to treat you and your co-employee differently; however, in order for that conduct to be discriminatory and actionable (i.e. for you to have a case), there must be evidence of an improper discriminatory motive. In particular, if you are a member of a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for West Virginia on
Q: WVA law. Ex does not give a 24 r notice, and sometimes does not show. What should I do? This conflicts with my job.

Would also like to know if he has an advocate, should I have one also.

William S. Adams
William S. Adams
answered on Feb 11, 2012

It is hard to answer this question without more information. Your question was asked in the Employment Law area, but refers to an Ex and also references a 24-hour notice and no-shows, which implies that perhaps your question relates to a child custody or parenting plan - can you please clarify... View More

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