Former employees sue Greenwood for age discrimination

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 16, 2011

CHARLESTON – Four former employees are suing Greenwood, Inc., after they claim they were wrongfully terminated from their employment based on their ages.

Thomas Loudin, an employee of Greenwood, Inc., was also named as a defendant in the suits.

Richard Workman, John Flowers, Calvin Nida and Paul Allison were employed by the defendants as pipefitters until their termination on June 3, according to four complaints filed Aug. 4 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

The men claim on that date they were wrongfully discharged from their employments based on their ages.

Prior to their termination, the plaintiffs were subjected to discriminatory comments and harassment by Loudin, according to the suits.

The men claim Loudin called them old, harassed and taunted them because of their ages and told them they were "'too old to keep up.'"

Greenwood was aware of the discriminatory and harassing comments by Loudin and failed to take timely and appropriate corrective action, according to the suits.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. They are being represented by C. Benjamin Salango.

The cases have been assigned to Circuit Judges Tod J. Kaufman and Jennifer Bailey.

Kanawha Circuit Court case numbers: 11-C-1277, 11-C-1280, 11-C-1282, 11-C-1283

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