Lawsuit alleges final wages paid too late

By Kyla Asbury | Feb 28, 2013

CHARLESTON – A former employee is suing Patrick T. Holbrook Action Enterprises, LLC, after he claims it failed to pay his final wages within 72 hours of discharge.

Ronnie E. Smeal was employed by the defendant from April 1 until Aug. 24, according to a complaint filed Feb. 19 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Smeal claims the defendant failed to pay his final wages within 72 hours of discharge, which is a violation of the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act.

As a result of the defendant’s failure to pay Smeal’s wages, he is entitled to actual wages, liquidated damages three times the unpaid amount, according to the suit.

Smeal is seeking compensatory and liquidated damages. He is being represented by J. Michael Ranson and Cynthia M. Ranson of Ranson Law Offices and G. Patrick Jacobs of Jacobs Law Office.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge James C. Stucky.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 13-C-336

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