CHARLESTON - A former employee is suing IPI Inc. on behalf of all others similarly situated for failing to timely pay final wages.

Andrae Lewis was employed by IPI until May 19, according to a complaint filed July 16 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Lewis claims the defendant failed to pay his final wages in a timely manner.

The defendant employed the class members at its West Virginia facilities at various times from 2008 until 2013, according to the suit, and discharged the Class members at various times between 2008 and 2013.

Lewis claims the defendant violated the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act, which entitles the class members to damages, including unpaid wages and benefits and liquidated damages.

The class members consist of those persons employed between 2008 and 2013 at the defendant's West Virginia facilities who were discharged by the defendant and to whom the defendant did not pay their final wages and benefits in a timely manner following their discharges, according to the suit.

Lewis is seeking compensatory damages. He is being represented by Frank X. Duff and Sandra K. Law of Schrader Byrd & Companion PLLC.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib Jr.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 13-C-1329

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