Lightning Contract Services accused of discriminatory, retaliatory actions after employee reported alleged sexual harassment

By Tia Benton | Oct 14, 2015


LOGAN – A West Virginia corporation is accused of exemplifying both discriminatory and retaliatory actions toward a former employee after he reported sexual harassment in the workplace.

Jamie A. Sisk filed suit against Lightning Contract Services Inc. in the Logan County Circuit Court on May 27, citing violations of the West Virginia Human Rights Act.

Sisk claims that while working for the defendant's company as a roof bolter operator, he was subjected to a hostile work environment and his supervisor, Mike Jefferson, made sexual advances towards him. He further alleges that these advances included Jefferson touching his backside, requesting oral sex, and making other comments of a sexual and harassing nature.

The suit provides that Sisk complained to the main supervisor of the alleged actions of Jefferson but to no avail. Sisk was constructively discharged from his employment in March.

The defendant is accused of willful, wanton and reckless disregard to plaintiff's rights and being in violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act. Sisk is seeking damages for indignity, embarrassment, and humiliation, loss wages and punitive damages.

The counsel for plaintiff is Todd S. Bailess of Bailess Law PLLC in Charleston. This case has been assigned to Judge Susan Perry.

Logan Circuit Court case number 15-C-151

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