CHARLESTON -- A former employee and her husband are suing Charleston Area Medical Center after she claims her employment was wrongfully terminated.

On Feb. 17, 2009, Ramona Tabor sustained an injury to her back while she as moving boxes of produce in the course of her employment, according to a complaint filed Feb. 17 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Tabor claims she was informed by her employer that her injuries were not job related and that she should have never been hired.

On March 12, 2009, Tabor was again told that she "should never have been hired," and was told she needed to find another job, according to the suit.

Tabor claims the filing of a workers' compensation claim was a significant factor in the defendant's decision to discharge her.

The defendant discriminated against Tabor because of her age and injury, according to the suit.

Tabor and her husband, Edwin Tabor, are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. They are being represented by Shannon M. Bland.

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

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-268

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