CHARLESTON -- A Kanawha County man us suing his former employer after he claims he was unlawfully terminated from his employment.

Michael R. Moles was hired by Edgewood County Club in November 2007 as an office assistant, according to a complaint filed March 8 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Moles claims on March 7, 2008, he was unable to work due to a stomach virus and was not scheduled to work again on March 11.

Moles claims on March 10 he received a phone call from Rachel Securro, the general manager, informing him his position as office assistant had been dissolved and that other employees would jointly pick up the duties, therefore eliminating his position.

The defendant offered Moles a position in another department of the business, knowing he was not physically able to handle the duties of the position because of an automobile accident he had been involved in and had sustained injuries from, according to the suit.

Moles claims he requested documentation stating his position had been terminated so he could collect unemployment, but Securro denied the request and informed him if he applied for unemployment benefits she would fight it.

Moles claims on March 12 he saw an advertisement in a newspaper for the specific position he had held at the country club he was told was eliminated. He claims he felt he was wrongfully terminated from his employment.

Moles is seeking compensatory damages. He is being represented by John R. Mitchell.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Tod J. Kaufman.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 10-C-439

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