Couple sues Maximus for wrongful termination, discrimination

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 14, 2015

CHARLESTON – A Kanawha County woman and her husband are suing Maximus Inc. for discrimination and wrongful termination.

Policy Studies Inc. and Dawn Gelle also were named as defendants in the suit.

Christina Orcutt was employed by the defendants from Oct. 13, 2008, until July 9, 2013, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Orcutt claims she was routinely questioned and harassed about her mental health by her co-workers and supervisory employees.

The plaintiff reported the repeated questioning and harassment regarding her mental health to Assistant Program Manager Wendy Bailey on numerous occasions, according to the suit.

Orcutt claims Gelle was personally aware of the questioning and harassment.

The plaintiff was regarded as having mental impairment, which substantially limited a major life activity by the defendants, according to the suit.

Orcutt claims the defendants violated the West Virginia Human Rights Act by discriminating against her and for wrongfully terminating her employment on July 9, 2013.

The defendants did not pay Orcutt her final wages until July 17, 2013, which violated the West Virginia Wage Payment & Collection Act, according to the suit.

Orcutt and her husband, Robert C. Orcutt, are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. They are being represented by Phillip S. Isner of Isner Law Office.

The case is assigned to Circuit Judge Louis Bloom.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 15-C-1285

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