CHARLESTON - A former employee is alleging Rish Equipment Company discriminated against her and replaced her with a younger employee.

Joyce Summers was employed by Rish for nearly 30 years as a parts clerk and in other positions, according to a complaint filed April 12 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Summers claims during her employment she consistently performed her job duties in a satisfactory manner and met Rish's reasonable expectations.

In April 2012, Summers' employment was terminated and she was replaced with a younger employee, according to the suit.

Summers claims she was over the age of 50 when her employment was terminated.

The defendant's actions violated the West Virginia Human Rights Act, according to the suit.

Summers claims her employment was terminated in whole or in part because of her age.

As a result of the defendant's actions, Summers suffered indignity, embarrassment, humiliation and emotional distress, according to the suit.

Summers is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. She is being represented by D. Adrian Hoosier II of the Hoosier Law Firm PLLC.

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

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 13-C-721

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