Weimer-Godwin v. Board of Educ. of Upshur County
In Weimer-Godwin v. Board of Educ. of Upshur County, 179 W.Va. 423, 369 S.E.2d 726 (1988), the Court examined the degree to which jobs duties and responsibilities must be comparable in order to warrant identical benefits under the uniformity statute. Id. at 427, 369 S.E.2d at 730.
The Court reasoned that "once a county board of education pays additional compensation to certain teachers, it must pay the same amount of additional compensation to other teachers performing 'like assignments and duties.'" Id., 369 S.E.2d at 730.
The Court specified that duties of the compared personnel do not have to be identical. "This is not the test." Id., 369 S.E.2d at 730.
The Court found that substantial similarity was sufficient to invoke the statutory protections of uniformity. Id. at 428, 369 S.E.2d at 731.