Woman accuses Rock Branch Mechanical of age discrimination

By Carol Ostrow | Mar 2, 2015

WINFIELD – A Kanawha County woman has sued her employer for alleged age discrimination.

Jean V. Johnson filed a lawsuit Feb. 10 against Rock Branch Mechanical Inc. and Brett L. Haddix, both of Putnam County, in Putnam Circuit Court, alleging discrimination and violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act.

According to the complaint, Johnson, 59, was employed by Rock Branch in Putnam County from 2007 until 2013, and she was terminated due to her age Feb. 14, 2013, by Haddix, her supervisor. The suit states that Johnson performed her job duties adequately and is entitled to either reinstatement or front pay.

Johnson requests back pay and compensation for distress plus punitive damages, attorney fees and costs. She is represented by attorneys J. Michael Ranson and Cynthia M. Ranson, of Ranson Law Offices in Charleston. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Philip M. Stowers.

Putnam Circuit Court case number: 15-C-31

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