Former insurance sales manager claims wrongful discharge

By Robert Hadley | Feb 22, 2016


MOUNDSVILLE — A Marshall County woman is suing her former employer, Combined Insurance Company of America, for allegedly firing her to avoid payment of fringe benefits and commissions.

DeeAnn Greene filed a lawsuit Feb. 18 in Marshall Circuit Court against Combined Insurance and Heidi Porter.

According to the complaint, Greene was terminated for obtaining client signatures for a new policy in Ohio, rather than in West Virginia. Although the client, Black Diamond Paving, requested the alternate location due to inclement weather, Combined Insurance not only terminated Greene, but denied her unemployment benefits, filed complaints against her with state insurance officials and failed to pay her commission she claims to be owed, the suit says. Porter, a subordinate of Greene's who was present at the Ohio meeting, was not disciplined at all and is being sued for allegedly engaging in or conspiring with others to discriminate or retaliate against Greene.

 

Greene seeks a jury trial and damages in an amount to be determined by an arbitrator. She is represented by attorney Nicholas A. Wininsky of the Wininsky Law Offices in Pittsburgh and Vincent S. Gurrera of the Gurrera Law Offices PLLC in Weirton, West Virginia.

Judge David W. Hummel Jr. has been assigned to the case.

Marshall Circuit Court case number 16-C-30H

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