Retaliation Bailess Smith PLLC - fighting for West Virginians

Charleston Employer Retaliation Attorneys

Fighting for Your Legal Rights

Have you been subjected to retaliation by your employer? The West Virginia Human Rights Act makes it unlawful for your employer to retaliate and discriminate against you based upon protected characteristics such as race, gender, disability, religion, and more. Employers with 12 or more employees working in West Virginia must comply with the West Virginia Human Rights Act or face legal problems.

If your employer does not have 12 or more employees working in West Virginia, you may still be protected under West Virginia law for retaliatory actions by your employer. West Virginia law also protects employees from being retaliated against for making safety and other complaints in the workplace such as faulty equipment, unsafe work environment, poor water quality, understaffing, patient abuse, government waste, coal mine safety, USERRA, unsafe vehicles, unsafe trucks, FMLA, and refusal to take a lie detector.

Schedule a free consultation with a Charleston employer retaliation lawyer by calling (304) 553-0337.

If your employer has retaliated against you, Bailess Smith is here to help you. Our employment lawyers have more than 25 years of shared legal experience in dealing with companies and employers who retaliate against employees. With that kind of experience, you can trust that your case will be taken seriously.

West Virginia Laws Protecting You against Retaliation

If your employer retaliates against you in any way for making a complaint about its unlawful discriminatory practices or harassment, you can take legal action.

Retaliatory actions can include:

  • Being fired
  • Being demoted
  • Given undesirable work assignments or work schedules as punishment
  • Being harassed
  • Being refused a promotion
  • Losing benefits

Often these retaliatory actions are related to a worker’s whistleblowing activities or worker compensation claims. If your claim is successful, you may be awarded compensation depending on the specifics of your situation.

Charleston Employment Lawyers Serving Morgantown & All of West Virginia

Although many cases settle out of court, Bailess Smith is prepared to take your case to trial if the employer does not pay you what you deserve. For aggressive attorneys who will work to get you what you deserve, look no further than our experienced legal team.

Call Bailess Smith PLLC at (304) 553-0337 to get started. You can also contact us online.

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    “Bailess Smith took care of me and my family. As a former combat veteran and coal miner, I highly recommend and am thankful for this law firm.”

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  • Clients can expect to be treated with the utmost respect from minute one

    “Bailess Smith has helped me in so many different ways. Clients can expect to be treated with the utmost respect from minute one – no sugar coating. Bailess Smith shot me straight from the outset. ...”

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Case Results

  • $1 Million Sexual Harassment

    We represented female employees who endured relentless sexual harassment in the workplace by their supervisor. The work environment was so bad for these young ladies that they had no choice but to quit. We successfully obtained a $1,000,000 settlement on our clients’ behalf. Bailess Smith strives to make workplaces safer and free of sexual harassment.

  • $400 Thousand Sexual Harassment

    A large employer failed to protect our client from being sexually harassed and groped in to the workplace by her male co-workers. We fought for our client and held this large employer accountable for the actions of their employees resulting in a $400,000 settlement.

  • $500 Thousand Violation of the West Virginia Patient Safety Act

    A healthcare facility fired our client in retaliation for reporting understaffing in violation of the West Virginia Patient Safety Act. Safety should never be silenced. We obtained a $500,000 settlement on behalf of our client.

  • $500 Thousand Workplace Harassment & Degrading

    Our client was subjected to harassment and degrading conduct in the workplace because of his race. He called Bailess Smith to help him alleviate the hostile work environment. We got involved and the employer paid our client $500,000 to resolve the case.

  • $1.5 Million Sexual Harassment/Wrongful Discharge

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

  • $1.6 Million Coal Contract Dispute Verdict

    Company awarded a $1.6 million verdict in a trial involving a coal contract dispute.

  • $1 Million Commercial Trucking Accident

    Injured truck driver awarded $1 million in a commercial trucking accident case.

  • $5 Million Illegally Withheld Wages

    Recovered over $5 Million for thousands of West Virginia workers.

  • $2.7 Million Commercial Contract Dispute

    Obtained $2.7 Million arbitration award in a commercial coal contract dispute.

  • $4 Million Workplace Accident

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


The Bailess Smith PLLC Difference

  • Free Consultations: No Recovery, No Fee
  • Over $90 Million in Judgments & Settlements
  • Open Communication: Phones & Email Are Always Monitored
  • We Are Honest & Upfront With Our Clients
  • Personable & Friendly Legal Team

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