CHARLESTON - The president of West Virginia’s flagship university is accused of improperly giving the axe to an administrator at one of its divisional campuses.

WVU President James Clements is named as a defendant in a discrimination suit filed by Solomon Addico. In his suit filed Oct. 10 in Kanawha Circuit Court, Addico, 66 and a Montgomery resident, alleges Clements’ decision to have him removed as the chief financial officer from WVU Tech last year was racially motivated.

According to his suit, Addico, a naturalized citizen originally from Ghana, was hired as WVU Tech’s CFO on May 16, 2009. Since he was hired, Addico avers his “performance was satisfactory.”

However, on March 28, 2012, Addico says he was notified by Clements his “contract would not be renewed and that he was to remove all personal belonging from his office by March 30.” In addition to very abruptly, he maintains Clements’ termination notice came “without… any substantive reasons.”

In his suit, Addico claims at the time he was the only racial minority in not only Clements’ cabinet, but also on WVU’s executive committee and the 2010-2015 strategic planning initiative group. Also, he alleges, unlike other white employees, Clements “attempted to change the terms of [his] employment by changing his assigned residence to a taxable employment benefit.”

As a result of his termination, Addico alleges he’s suffered lost earnings, humiliation and mental distress. Along with racial discrimination, he makes a claim of breach of contract against Clements.

In his suit, Addico seeks unspecified damages. He is represented by Buckeye attorney Roger D. Forman.

The case is assigned to Judge James Stucky.

Kanawha Circuit Court, case number 13-C-1918




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