Employee accuses airport authority of discrimination

By Carol Ostrow | Mar 4, 2015

PRINCETON – A Mercer County worker has filed suit against his former employer for alleged disability discrimination, based on his June 2014 termination.


PRINCETON – A Mercer County worker has filed suit against his former employer for alleged disability discrimination, based on his June 2014 termination.

Tony Wayne Pilkins brought suit against Mercer County Airport Authority Inc. of Bluefield, Feb. 6 in the Mercer Circuit Court, claiming wrongful termination and discrimination.

Hired as a lineman in 2007, the plaintiff suffered a sprained ankle on or about June 22, 2014. The suit states that he notified his employer of the need for medical leave and applied under the Family and Medical Leave Act upon the defendant’s request. According to court documents, the airport authority terminated Pilkins due to his paperwork not being submitted in a timely fashion.

Alleging disability discrimination in violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act, Pilkins claims his employer both failed to provide reasonable accommodation and failed to engage in appropriate reconciliation of his position.

Citing loss of pay, physical and emotional pain and other inconveniences, the plaintiff seeks judgment for back pay and benefits, reinstatement or front pay, compensatory and punitive damages, as well as attorney fees and costs. He is represented in the case by Stephen Farmer and Matthew Nelson of Farmer Cline & Campbell. The case has been assigned to Judge Sadler.

Mercer Circuit Court case number: 15-C-48-WS

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