Casino worker sues resort for wrongful accusation

By Carol Ostrow | Mar 24, 2015

NEW CUMBERLAND — A Hancock County woman filed suit against a resort operation for alleged willfully malicious prosecution in an October 2013 workplace incident.


NEW CUMBERLAND — A Hancock County woman filed suit against a resort operation for alleged willfully malicious prosecution in an October 2013 workplace incident.

Kimberlee Taylor of Weirton brought a lawsuit against Mountaineer Park Inc., doing business as Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort of Chester; and Will Baumont in his association with the facility, on March 4 in Hancock Circuit Court, claiming wrongful termination.

According to the filing, Taylor began working for the establishment as a dealer in 2007. On or about March 6, 2013, she made a payout to a customer at the gaming table. The plaintiff states that she followed all proper procedures in the transaction.

The casino began an investigation into the payout; on or about March 13, 2013, Taylor was suspended from work following questioning by two West Virginia State Police officers. She claims that she was wrongfully terminated via telephone in May 2013 on a false charge of possessing a firearm at work.

Taylor received an indictment in January 2014, which was subsequently dismissed by the Circuit Court. She alleges that the defendant wrongfully prosecuted her without cause and with malicious intent.

Claiming that she has suffered as a result, she seeks compensation for emotional distress; counseling fees; pain, suffering and embarrassment; humiliation, aggravation and inconvenience; attorneys’ fees; and court costs.

The plaintiff is represented in the case by Paul Harris of Wheeling, and Vincent Gurrera of Gurrera Law Office in Weirton. The case has been assigned to Judge Ronald E. Wilson.

Hancock Circuit Court case number 15-C-24-W

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