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Shelby Merinar enjoys that labor and employment law keeps her on her toes.  With a detailed, thorough, and inquisitive approach to her work, Shelby is able to challenge assumptions and also keep her clients on their toes, alerting them to changing labor and employment laws and helping them deal with their unique employment situations.  Shelby has advised clients and defended them in matters involving sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, disability and age discrimination, as well as day-to-day human resources management. 

Memberships & Awards

Senior Notes Editor, West Virginia Law Review, Vol. 118
Associate Editor, West Virginia Law Review, Vol. 117
United States Supreme Court Litigation Clinic
CALI Award: Employment Law
CALI Award: Religion and the Constitution
Labor Law Secretary, West Virginia University College of Law

Key Experience

Defend a nonprofit organization focused on employing individuals with disabilities in a number of discrimination matters on the basis of disability
Defending a healthcare system against a claim of sexual harassment involving a contracted emergency department physician
Counsel for international aluminum manufacturing entity in a variety of employment litigation involving disability discrimination and traditional labor

Work Experience

2018 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2016-2018 Casey & Chapman
2015-2016 Legal Extern, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

Speaking Engagements

"Effective Handling of Harassment in the Workplace” – WV SHRM Conference, 2022

"Best Practices for Conducting an Effective Investigation & COVID Leave Policies" - Government Finance Officers Association Conference, Fall 2022

"FMLA: Basics to Advanced" - Kentucky Annual SHRM Conference, September 2022

“ADA and FMLA Legal Update” - Tri-State SHRM Workshop, June 2022

"Understanding and Managing Obligations under the ADA & FMLA” – Mid-Ohio Valley SHRM, Spring 2022

Presented Higher Ed and Employment Law Update to 2022 WVCUPA-HR Annual Conference

“West Virginia Employment Law Update” – Tri-State SHRM Workshop, September 2021

“Labor & Employment Webcast Series: Is Using Independent Contractors Still a Viable Option” – West Virginia Healthcare Human Resources Association, July 2021

“Managing and Navigating a Multigenerational Workforce” – Kanawha County Public Library Staff Training, February 2020

Tri-State SHRM Workshop, November 2019 – ADA Legal Update

NCWV SHRM, Annual Conference, November 2019 – Fair Labor Standards Act

Presented Employment Law Update to 2019 WVCUPA-HR Annual Conference

Presented Human Resources Basics to undergraduates enrolled in the Human Resources program at West Virginia University, 2018, 2019

Human Resources Best Practices for New Business Owners, 2018 Wonder Woman Conference, Charleston WV