in the Heart of Appalachia
Our Practice Areas
- Wages, Benefits, or Commissions Unpaid
- Minimum Wage Unpaid
- Overtime Unpaid
- Tipped Workers Paid Wrong
- Are You Called an Independent Contractor?
- Poor performance of 401(k)
- Healthcare problems
- Life insurance problems
- Other retiree benefit problems
- Identity-Based Discrimination (race, sex, age, religion, etc.)
- People in Recovery. If you are not currently engaged in the illegal use of drugs, but you face discrimination or are fired from a job because of a history or misperceptions about your addiction, you may have rights to be restored to your job.
- Are you facing stigma at work about your history of addiction?
- Did your employer refuse a reasonable accommodation that would have helped you succeed with long-term recovery?
- Injured or sickened through your work
- Suffering from Black Lung Disease?
- Concerned about safety or health at work?
- Did you report unsafe or unhealthy conditions, and suffer retaliation from your employer?
- Union or non-union, you may have rights to speak up!
- Contact us!
About Petsonk PLLC
“If you don’t fight, you can’t win!”
Sam Petsonk is the past president of the West Virginia Employment Lawyers Association. In 2013, he received the prestigious Skadden Fellowship to launch the Miner Safety and Health Project at Mountain State Justice, a nonprofit legal services program representing underserved West Virginians. Sam’s legal work has secured millions of dollars in wages and benefits for coal miners and other workers across West Virginia, and assisted thousands of miners following layoffs in the coal industry.
Sam Petsonk previously worked for the late U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd and Senator Carte Goodwin in Washington, DC. Sam also previously served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA worker in Wyoming County. In addition to his legal work, Sam is engaged in various community and economic development projects. Sam earned his law degree from Washington & Lee University (2013) and his college degree in geography at Brandeis University (2006). He is married and lives with his wife and two sons in Fayette County.
Let the workers organize. Let the toilers assemble. Let their crystallized voice proclaim their injustices and demand their privileges. Let all thoughtful citizens sustain them, for the future of Labor is the future of America.
John L. Lewis
Miner participation is essential to the integrity of the inspection process, for only those who work in the mine and are familiar with the day to day operations, are likely to have knowledge of the possible location of safety and health hazards. ... However, the purpose of the statutes would be seriously compromised if the [regulators] permit operators to retaliate against miners who aid in the enforcement of the law.
Justice Darrell V. McGraw Jr.