Employment / Wage & Hours Law

Bailess Smith PLLC takes pride in protecting West Virginia workers against employers who violate the employment laws of this State.  If you believe that your employer has wrongfully terminated your employment, wrongfully laid you off or retaliated against you for complaining about safety or illegal activity, call us today for a free evaluation.

West Virginia wage law protects workers against employers who have (1) not paid wages timely; (2) not paid wages at all; (3) not paid overtime; and (4) illegally deducted wages from paychecks.  Illegal deductions can include tool deposits, uniforms, advances, and other types of deductions. If you believe your employer has violated West Virginia wage laws, please contact us for a free evaluation.

  • Wrongful Discharge
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Workplace Retaliation
  • Workers’ Compensation Retaliation
  • Unemployment Claims
  • Whistle Blower
  • Wage Payment Collection
  • Overtime Claims
  • USERRA
  • Workplace Accidents
  • Workplace Injuries
  • FMLA Claims
  • Pregnancy Discriminiation

We Take Pride in Protecting West Virginia Workers

We Can Help

Has your life been turned upside down due to the negligence or carelessness of others?  Are you being accused of being at fault?  Are the medical bills piling up?  Are the insurance companies offering you next to nothing?  Or even worse have you lost a loved one in an accident?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ve come to the right place.  Bailess Smith PLLC’s track record shows they are the dominating force in and out of the courtroom.   Successfully helping personal injury clients throughout West Virginia is our goal.

Real Cases, Real Results

$72 Million – Wrongful Death

In 2011 an attorney for Bailess Smith served as lead trial counsel in a case where a Mercer County Court returned a verdict of more than $72 million in favor of an estate in a wrongful death case involving a five-year-old child.

$2.7 Million – Successful Arbitration 
Bailess Smith served as lead counsel in a commercial arbitration dispute and obtained a $2.7 million arbitration award for his client.

$4 Million – Workplace Accident

Recovered $4 Million as a result of a workplace accident in the coal mines.

$5 Million – Illegally Withheld Wages
Recovered over $5 Million for thousands of West Virginia workers.

$2 Million – Contract Dispute

Obtained a $1.6 million judgment, plus interest, in a trial involving a coal contract dispute.

$1 Million – Trucking Accident

Recovered $1 million for an injured truck driver.

$1.5 Million – Sexual Harassment/Wrongful Discharge

Recovered over $1.5 million in a workplace sexual harassment case.

$2.7 Million – Contract Dispute

Awarded over $2.7 million is a coal contract dispute.

The results in each case depend on many factors. Prior results by any law firm do not guarantee future results. The results listed above are examples of cases handled by Bailess Smith PLLC in the past.