Randolph Co. man says state Dept. of Education rescinded job offer

By Matt Russell | Jun 23, 2014

CHARLESTON -- A Randolph County man is suing after a job offer was allegedly rescinded following a salary investigation.

Carl Campion filed suit May 30 in Kanawha Circuit Court against the West Virginia Department of Education.

The case has been transferred from Randolph Circuit Court. In the original complaint, Campion applied for a position as collision repair instructor at the Huttonsville Correctional Center. He was offered the job over the phone at a pay of $38,010 annually, after originally being told the position paid $42,000 annually.

After investigating the salary discrepancy, Campion learned from the West Virginia Department of Education that in accordance with his age and level of experience he should be paid an annual amount of $48,729.60 for the position, the suit states.

After learning of the pay discrepancy, the WVDE began an investigation into the Huttonsville Correctional Center's payment policies and discovered several employees were being underpaid. The center blamed Campion for the ensuing investigation, and told him the position he had been given to over the phone was instead being filled by another younger candidate, according to the suit.

The defendant is accused of violation of the Whistle-Blower Law of West Virginia and age discrimination.

Campion is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, plus attorney fees.

He is represented by Morgantown attorneys Kristin B. Taylor and Edward R. Kohout. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Tod J. Kaufman.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 14-C-1002.

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