CHARLESTON – A Kanawha County woman is suing over claims she was fired due to her pregnancy.

Kayela D. Oaks filed a lawsuit Sept. 23 in Kanawha Circuit Court against Charleston Area Medical Center, citing discrimination.

According to the complaint, Oaks was employed by the defendant on Feb. 17 at its CAMC General Division location. Oaks says she was discharged June 6 due to her pregnancy, which constitutes discrimination and a violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act.

Oaks seeks back pay and lost employment benefits, reinstatement or front pay, compensatory and punitive damages, and attorney fees and costs.

She is represented by attorneys J. Michael Ranson and Cynthia M. Ranson of Ranson Law Offices in Charleston, and G. Patrick Jacobs of Jacobs Law Offices in Charleston. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Jennifer F. Bailey.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 14-C-1741

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