CHARLESTON - The former regional vice president of operations for Coram Inc. filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming he was forced to resign so he would not receive a severance package.

Kevin Hrtyanski, through attorney Martin R. Smith, filed the suit May 2 in Kanawha Circuit Court against Coram, Inc.

Hrtyanski claims that on March 31, 2006, during a development plan meeting and review, he was harassed and degraded over a personnel situation. The suit says the problem was the result of improper and negligent supervision by Mary Zega.

"... during that meeting, Mary Zega badgered (Hrtyanski) into believing he was being forced to provide his resignation," the suit says.

According to the suit, other employees of Coram were fired and received severance packages. Hrtyanski claims the company knew of major corporate restructuring, but did not disclose that the restructuring would include causing him to resign, and that he would not receive a severance package.

"(Hrtyanski) requested that he be provided with the same severance package as those other employees, however (Coram) refused to provide… that benefit," the suit says.

Hrtyanski seeks the value of the severance package similar to that of the other employees, and any other relief the court deems necessary.

The case has been assigned to Judge Jennifer Bailey Walker.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 07-C-859

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