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It's Your Choice: Pay Attention to Anonymous Complaints Now or Pay Your Defense Attorney Later

Should your company pay any attention to anonymous complaints? I recently heard two people say that anonymous complaints are not worth the paper they are written on. These comments came during a presentation I gave on employee handbooks. I was outlining the elements of a good handbook policy on sexual harassment. One element is a channel for employees to anonymously report harassment.

House Bill 2145/Senate Bill 47 - Permitting Employers to Discriminate Against Tobacco Users

Since 1992, West Virginia has prohibited employers, public and private, from discriminating against any job applicant or employee in the "compensation, terms, conditions and privileges of employment" based on that individual's use of "tobacco products off the premises of the employer during nonworking hours."

Senate Bill 77- Prohibiting Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation

In recent years, many states and municipalities across the United States have sought to enact statutes and ordinances to include "sexual orientation" amongst the classes traditionally protected from discrimination. West Virginia Senate Bill 77, introduced on February 15, 2017, similarly seeks to amend the West Virginia Human Rights Act and West Virginia Fair Housing Act to include "sexual orientation" as a protected class and prohibit discrimination in employment, places of public accommodation, and housing on the basis of "sexual orientation."

Senate Bill 111 - Prohibiting Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation

In many states, both before and after the United States Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell that effectively legalized gay marriage, legislatures and municipalities have sought to enact legislation to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in a variety of contexts. West Virginia Senate Bill 111, introduced on January 13, 2016, seeks to amend the West Virginia Human Rights Act and the West Virginia Fair Housing Act to include "sexual orientation" amongst the various protected classes identified in those anti-discrimination measures.

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