CHARLESTON -- A former employee is suing the Loyal Order of Moose after she claims her employment was wrongfully terminated.

On Jan. 27, 2011, Mary Comer was discharged from her employment after approximately 15 years, according to a complaint filed Jan. 26 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Comer claims she was discharged in retaliation for giving a truthful testimony against the employer in a legal proceeding.

The defendant's actions were in violation of a substantial public policy, according to the suit.

Comer claims her hours were reduced to eight hours per week on two separate shifts.

The defendant also threatened to cut Comer and another employee's vacation pay and reduce staff in an effort to influence the testimony of Comer and other employees giving testimony in the legal proceeding, according to the suit.

Comer is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. She is being represented by Scott H. Kaminski.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Carrie Webster.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 12-C-175

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