WVU wrongful termination suit goes to federal court

By Kyla Asbury | Oct 13, 2015

CLARKSBURG – A woman is suing the West Virginia University Board of Governors after she claims her employment was wrongfully terminated.

Robin Jones was employed by WVU for approximately 40 years as an assistant professor, according to a complaint initially filed in Monongalia Circuit Court and removed to federal court.

Jones claims she was a resident faculty leader and on Dec. 2, she was notified that her secondary appointment as a RFL would not be renewed for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

On Dec. 16, she filed a level-one grievance challenging the non-renewal of her RFL appointment, consistent with statutory rights granted to her under the West Virginia Public Employees Grievance Procedure, according to the suit.

In support of her grievance, Jones claimed that the non-renewal of her appointment violated the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission's procedural rules, according to the suit.

Jones claims after the level-one conference was conducted on Jan. 26, her grievance was denied by written order on Feb. 12.

On April 1, Jones was provided a termination letter after 40 years as a professor at the university, according to the suit.

Jones claims the letter did not give any reasons for her termination.

The defendant retaliated against Jones for filing the grievance and was in direct violation of West Virginia code, according to the suit.

Jones claims the defendant wrongfully discharged her from her employment with the university.

Jones is seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. She is being represented by Sean W. Cook of Meyer Ford Glasser & Radman PLLC.

The case is assigned to District Judge Irene M. Keeley.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia case number: 1:15-cv-00154

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