Several Amazon workers allege unpaid work time for Prime Week

Amazon is one of the fastest growing companies with an attractive starting wage for its workers. In spite of this, there have been several complaints regarding poor working conditions and unpaid work time. Federal wage and hour laws help ensure that workers here in West Virginia and elsewhere receive the pay to which they are entitled. When employers violate those laws, workers have the right to seek an appropriate remedy.

Amazon Prime Days are sales days that are geared toward offering special pricing on thousands of items for those with a Prime membership. Due to the high demand, workers at distribution centers were offered incentives to work longer hours to ensure orders were filled on time. Several employees at one plant filed complaints that they were promised overtime pay to work up to 60 hours during the week of the 2-day event. However, a heat wave made working conditions intolerable for one crew. A supervisor announced that they would be dismissed six hours early but would still receive their full promised pay, along with overtime.

Motor vehicle accidents: Crash leaves 1 dead, 4 injured

A vehicle being driven erratically is certainly a cause for concern, whether on a road in West Virginia or elsewhere around the country. Out-of-control motorists are much more likely to be involved in motor vehicle accidents. Such was the case recently in Martinsburg, when a car recently crashed into a parked vehicle after driving through a fence.

According to officials from the West Virginia Department of Highways, a car was traveling in an allegedly suspicious manner in the northbound lane of Interstate 81. A state police officer on road patrol had spotted the vehicle and began to follow it. Although the officer tried to stop the car, the driver continued on the highway. After exiting the interstate a few miles later, the car hit a fence, then entered a parking lot.

Filing a complaint for wage theft may be necessary

Though you may not work at your dream job, you likely still appreciate the fact that you can work and earn an income to meet your daily needs. Of course, even though you perform your work-related duties as required, you still rely on your employer to provide you with the compensation you deserve for the work you do.

Unfortunately, you may be among the numerous people who face wage theft by their employers. Wage violations can come in many forms, and if you suspect that your employer is not providing you with proper compensation, you may wish to bring it to his or her attention. In some cases, a simple payroll error could result in minor discrepancies in your pay. However, if your employer brushes off your concerns or even threatens retaliation for your complaint, you may need to take additional steps.

New West Virginia Law Allows for Expungement of Certain Felony Convictions, Multiple Misdemeanors

On June 7, 2019, several new statutes went into effect that amount to a sweeping change of the expungement laws in West Virginia. The new statutes now permit the expungement of certain felony convictions. They also relaxed the standards for having misdemeanors expunged.

A person convicted of a nonviolent felony may now petition the circuit court in which the conviction occurred for expungement of the conviction and the records associated with that conviction. Multiple nonviolent felony convictions may also be expunged if the convictions arose from the same transaction of events. However, the person must wait until at least five (5) years have passed since the completion of any sentence or probation before the petition for expungement of a felony can be filed.

Motor vehicle accidents: If a West Virginia driver is at fault

You might be a safe, alert and cautious driver who adheres to all traffic and safety regulations. However, that does not guarantee that the motorists with whom you share the road at any given time will exhibit similar driving behaviors. Highways throughout West Virginia are just as dangerous as those across the rest of the United States nowadays. In fact, some people are downright reckless behind the wheel, often causing motor vehicle accidents that result in severe injuries or death.

It is not your job to police state roads, unless, of course, you happen to be an on-duty traffic patrol officer. If not, then you basically have no way of controlling what another driver does or doesn't do. You may find yourself facing serious dangers if a nearby motorist is distracted, intoxicated or otherwise negligent.

Slip-and-fall lawsuit given new life in appelate court

Many West Virginia residents and others around the nation enjoy meeting family and friends at restaurants and bars. Good food and drinks, laughter and conversation are the typical expectations of these gatherings. Unfortunately, one such outing resulted in a serious slip-and-fall injury to a man in another state several years ago. His lawsuit against the establishment has recently been given new life after once thinking it would not continue.

In 2015, a man had gone to a pizza and sports bar for some drinks. According to court reports, although he had consumed two 12-ounce beers before leaving the restaurant, he was not intoxicated. As he was exiting, he slipped and fell on a portion of wet flooring. The man had to undergo numerous surgeries, has screws in his ankle and is forced to walk with a cane. He can no longer run or exercise and still experiences intermittent pain in his leg.

Owner of medical clinics found guilty in overtime and wage issues

When stories break about employees being cheated out of compensation, it is often assumed that it involves the service or retail industry. Unfortunately, workers in any occupation may struggle with overtime and wage issues. West Virginia workers who have been denied rightful compensation do have recourse under federal wage and hour laws.

Recently, the owners of several pediatric clinics were ordered to pay approximately $92,000 to 31 employees for back wages. According to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, the owners of the clinics failed to properly compensate their employees on multiple occasions. It was determined that, more than once, payroll was issued in spite of the fact that sufficient funds were not available to cover the paychecks. In addition, some workers were not credited with mandated overtime pay. 

Steak 'n Shake facing second misclassification verdict

Steak 'n Shake restaurants are located in West Virginia and in other regions in the country and around the world. The fast food chain is known for its burgers, fries and numerous varieties of milkshakes. Many families patronize the locations while traveling or eating out near home. Unfortunately, the chain finds itself in some trouble as it faces a class action lawsuit over the misclassification of certain jobs.

The lawsuit was initially filed in 2017 in another state. A ruling was made in May 2019 that required Steak 'n Shake to pay around 300 managers and their attorneys $7.7 million. This companion lawsuit involves roughly 1,200 employees who claim that their jobs have been misclassified by the restaurant chain.

Is your vehicle putting you more at risk of a rollover crash?

One of the scariest scenes many people have witnessed is seeing a vehicle roll over in a car accident. Such events can almost seem surreal because everyone knows that vehicles are supposed to remain with their tires on the ground, and when one overturns, it is frightening and almost unbelievable.

Of course, the situation is far worse if you are someone inside the vehicle that overturns. Though rollover accidents may not be as common as other, less-severe car crashes, they still take place far too often. Because you undoubtedly do not want to put others at risk of such an incident, you try to remain as safe a driver as possible.

Should I be worried about slip-and-fall accidents while shopping?

Shopping might seem like a relatively safe experience, but it can be much more dangerous than most people think. Slip-and-fall accidents and subsequent injuries are a serious threat to the safety and well-being of West Virginia shoppers. Here are a few examples of how a business owner's or worker's negligent behavior could lead to a serious accident.

Businesses have to clean and maintain tidy interiors. However, waxing, polishing or mopping floors can leave behind a wet or slippery surface that might not be easy to see. Employers or owners are supposed to provide warnings or barricade off an area if the floors are wet, but many fail to do so. When this happens, unsuspecting customers can easily fall and suffer severe injuries.

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