West Virginia Wage and Hour Investigations: What you need to know

West Virginia's Division of Labor may, at reasonable times, enter a place of business in order to:
• Inspect; examine; and copy, photograph, or otherwise reproduce all payroll records of the employer directly relating to employees' wages and hours; and
• Question employees about their wages and hours (WV Code Sec. 21-5C-6).
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Retaliation. An employer may be fined between $100 and $500 for willfully discharging or discriminating against an employee because the employee has made a wage and hour complaint or is about to testify in a related proceeding.
Discrimination. Willful discrimination with respect to wages, hours of work, or overtime compensation because of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, or sex, is punishable by a fine of between $250 and $1,000, imprisonment, or both. Violations of other related provisions carry a fine of up to $100. In addition to any applicable penalty, an employer may be liable for unpaid wages (WV Code Sec. 21-5C-7).
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