KINGWOOD—A Preston County resident filed a lawsuit against a school jurisdiction claiming infringement of the Wage Payment and Collection Act and other state regulations in her 2015 job dismissal.

Janelle Riggleman filed a grievance against Preston County Board of Education on  June 18 in Preston Circuit Court asserting that she was not paid properly following her February 2015 discharge.

According to the filing, the plaintiff was hired by the defendant on Oct. 10, 2014. The suit states that the Preston Board of Education failed to compensate her properly within the time period specified by law when she was let go on Feb. 4, 2015.

The complaint states that because the defendant breached its duty to pay Riggleman all wages and fringe benefits accrued no later than the next regular payday or four business days after her Feb. 4 dismissal, the plaintiff is additionally entitled to treble liquidated damages.

The plaintiff claims that the school district willfully and intentionally violated her rights, further entitling her to punitive damages in an amount to be decided by the court.

Riggleman seeks compensatory and punitive damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorneys’ fees, and costs.

The plaintiff is represented by P. Todd Phillips & Associates in Morgantown. The case has been assigned to Judge Lawrence S. Miller.

Preston Circuit Court case number: 15-C-90

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