CHARLESTON -- A former employee is suing Orkin, LLC, after he claims it failed to pay his final wages by the next regular payday after he quit.

J.N. Berry, LLC, which was doing business as Orkin, was also named as a defendant in the suit.

Jose Strickland was employed by the defendants from Oct. 6, 2010, until Dec. 10, 2010, according to a complaint filed Sept. 21 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Strickland claims when he quit on Dec. 10, 2010, the defendants failed to pay his final employment wages and/or fringe benefits in full by the next regular pay period.

The defendants violated the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act, according to the suit.

Strickland is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. He is being represented by Todd S. Bailess and Joy B. Mega.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Louis H. Bloon.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-1660

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