Woman accuses female boss of sexual advances, discrimination

By Kyla Asbury | Dec 10, 2015

LOGAN – A Mallory woman is suing Three Mile Curve Operations LLC after she claims she was discriminated against because she rebuffed her supervisor’s advances.

Kathy Cox was also named as a defendant in the suit.

Kristi D. Gibson began working for Three Mile in 2009 in housekeeping at its nursing home, according to a complaint filed Nov. 12 in Logan Circuit Court.

Gibson claims in 2012, Cox was hired as Gibson’s supervisor and soon after Cox was hired, she advised the plaintiff she was gay and repeatedly invited her out and made other unwanted sexual advances.

When Gibson rebuffed Cox’s advances, Cox began disciplining her and would get jealous when she worked with other female employees and instructed her to work alone, according to the suit.

Gibson claims after writing her up, Cox told her that things would get better for her at work if she would go out with her and have a few drinks.

Additionally, Cox inappropriately touched Gibson’s rear end and made other unwelcome, inappropriate physical contact with her while she was working under Cox’s supervision at the nursing home, according to the suit.

Gibson claims Cox was in a position to continually discriminate against her because she rebuffed her advances and eventually forced her termination.

The plaintiff was subjected to quid pro quo sexual discrimination and unwelcome sexual advances by Cox, in violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act.

Gibson is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. She is being represented by Richard W. Walters and Brian L. Ooten of Shaffer & Shaffer PLLC.

Logan Circuit Court case number: 15-C-315

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