HUNTINGTON – A woman is suing DirecTV Customer Service Inc. after she claims she was wrongfully terminated from her employment.

Robin Skeens was also named as a defendant in the suit.

Amy M. Paxton was employed by the defendant as a customer service representative and during her employment, she had been disciplined for missing work, according to a complaint filed in Cabell Circuit Court.

Paxton claims in May she was advised by her treating physician that she had cervical dysplasia, which was described as border line cancer and she was advised to undergo immediate surgery to prevent the development and spread of cancerous cells.

Due to the fact that she had previously been disciplined for attendance, she went and met with Skeens, who was the senior human resource manager, to discuss the need for leave to have the requested surgery, according to the suit.

Paxton claims Skeens advised her that she was familiar with the requested surgery and that she would approve her leave.

On May 7, she underwent cold knife cone and endocervical currettage and was taken off work by her treating physician for approximately three days and returned to work on May 11, according to the suit.

Paxton claims on May 28, her employment was terminated and despite Skeens previously approving her time off for surgery, the defendants then reversed course and advised her that her time off was not approved.

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

Paxton is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. She is being represented by Richard W. Walters of Shaffer & Shaffer.

The case is assigned to Circuit Judge F. Jane Hustead.

Cabell Circuit Court case number: 15-C-543

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