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Man accuses W.Va. State R&D Corp. of wrongful termination

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 13, 2015


CHARLESTON – A Putnam County man is suing West Virginia State University Research & Development Corporation after he claims he was wrongfully terminated from his employment

William Woodrum also was named as a defendant in the suit.

Scott C. Byars was employed by the defendant from Jan. 2, 2007, until Jan. 14, 2013, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Byars claims he made complaints regarding Woodrum sexually harassing and physically touching female employees during his employment.

On Jan. 14, 2013, Byars was terminated from his employment, which he believes was done because he made complaints against Woodrum, according to the suit.

Byars claims Woodrum was involved either directly in the decision to terminate Byars' employment by making the final decision or by recommending the termination.

The defendants' actions violate West Virginia public policy, according to the suit.

Byars 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 Jacobs Law Office.

The case is assigned to Circuit Judge Carrie Webster.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 15-C-1322

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