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“Employer” means the state, or any political subdivision, and any person employing 12 or more persons within the state for 20 or more calendar weeks in the calendar year in which the act of discrimination allegedly took place or the preceding calendar year. The term does not include a private club.
The number of employees is calculated by including all persons with whom the employer has an employment relationship, whether or not the person is performing tasks or receiving compensation from the employer on a particular day. Individuals employed by his or her parent, spouse, or child are not counted.
Unlawful employment practices
The unlawful employment practices and exemptions are similar to those under the federal Americans With Disabilities Act. For example, the state law includes exemptions for bona fide occupational qualifications and requires employers to make reasonable accommodations.
Every employer and covered entity must keep posted in a conspicuous place or places a notice or notices prepared or approved by the commission which sets forth excerpts of the Human Rights Act and other relevant information.
West Virginia Code Chapter 5, Article 11 - West Virginia Human Rights Act (specific sections below)
WVC §5-11-9, Unlawful discriminatory practices
WVC §5-11-17, Posting of law and information
Legislative Rule Title 77 - Human Rights Commission