WAYNE - A former employee is suing Kanawha River Terminals LLC after he claims his employment was wrongfully terminated because he filed a Workers' Compensation claim.
Mitchell Adkins was employed by the defendant from March 6, 2000, until Sept. 29, 2011, according to a complaint filed April 11 in Wayne Circuit Court.
Adkins claims he was injured on the job and filed a Workers' Compensation claim, which was ruled compensable.
On Sept. 29, 2011, Adkins' employment was terminated by the defendant in whole or in part because he filed the Workers' Compensation claim, according to the suit.
Adkins claims Kanawha's discharge was discrimination against him for filing the Workers' Compensation claim.
The defendant's discrimination against Adkins was done while he was an employee properly performing his job and duties, according to the suit.
Adkins is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. He is being represented by J. Michael Ranson and Cynthia M. Ranson of Ranson Law Offices and G. Patrick Jacobs of the Jacobs Law Offices.
The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Darrell M. Pratt.
Wayne Circuit Court case number: 13-C-062