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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

    Defended numerous disability discrimination and failure-to-accommodate claims arising under the ADA and the WVHRA
    Obtained appellate decision from West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals affirming motion to dismiss wrongful discharge case for manufacturing company in case arising out of employee’s claim of self-defense
    Defended higher education institution against allegations of age discrimination and FMLA retaliation

    Work Experience

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

    Speaking Engagements

    “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