Workers’ Rights

"I had been working to pursue my black lung claim for nearly a year when I contacted Mountain State Justice. After Mountain State Justice began representing me, I heard from the Department of Labor and my claim was approved way before I ever thought it would be, providing me with healthcare and stable income into the future." — James "Ham" Elkins, Jr., Mullens, WV
We fight side by side with West Virginia’s workers to ensure that West Virginians can work without fear for their safety, health, or violations of their rights.

Federal and state laws protect employees from being discriminated against, harassed, forced to work in unsafe conditions, or paid unfairly (or not at all). Workers may also be protected from retaliation by employers for speaking up when those laws are broken.


We represent employees who have been discriminated against or treated unfairly by their employers for their age, race, religion, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, ability, marital status, military status, national origin, ancestry, age, and pregnancy. We also work to ensure that workplaces are free from policies and practices that work to negatively affect certain groups of people more than others.


Mountain State Justice also sets out to address systemic injustice in the workplace through class actions and impact litigation, and by assisting cooperative associations to improve and support their communities.


If you were fired, or left your job because of an employer’s actions, you still have a duty to mitigate (make a reasonable effort to find a comparable job). If you don’t make a reasonable effort to find comparable employment, any recovery you may be entitled to may be minimized.