Man says Burger King discriminated against him

By Kyla Asbury | Feb 3, 2015

MORGANTOWN – A man is suing a Burger King location after he claims he was discriminated against based on his race.

KB Fast Foods hired Michael Palmer III as a general laborer at its Burger King location at Cheat Lake, according to a complaint filed Jan. 22 in Monongalia Circuit Court.

He claims he was forced to wear a name tag that read "Little Oreo" in place of his name, which was a derogatory name for his mixed race parentage.

Management and co-workers created a hostile work environment at the workplace and the defendant was aware of the hostile work environment, according to the suit.

Palmer claims his employment was constructively terminated due to the extremely humiliating and hostile and outrageous facts and circumstances surrounding his employment.

The defendants discriminated against Palmer and intentionally inflected emotional distress on him, according to the suit.

Palmer claims the defendant also violated West Virginia Code and caused him damages.

Palmer is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. He is being represented by Erika Klie Kolenich and Karl Kolenich of Klie Law Offices PLLC.

Monongalia Circuit Court case number: 15-C-46

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