CLARKSBURG – A woman is suing Zales Jewelers after she claims it violated the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act.

Ashley Bond was employed as a consultant and manager with Zales until her employment was involuntarily terminated on Dec. 7, 2013, according to a complaint filed Feb. 9 in Harrison Circuit Court and removed to federal court on March 18.

Bond claims Zales had a duty to pay her wages owed in full by her next regular payday or within four days, whichever came first.

Zales breached its duty, as Bond did not receive her final wages until Dec. 26, 2013, according to the suit.

Bond claims other former employees for Zales are part of the proposed class in the lawsuit.

All persons formerly employed by Zales in West Virginia who were involuntarily discharged within five years of the filing of the lawsuit who were not paid their wages in a timely manner are the proposed class, according to the suit.

Bond claims the defendant’s actions violated the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act.

Bond is seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. She is being represented by Todd S. Bailess and Rodney A. Smith of Bailess Smith PLLC; and Joseph F. Shaffer and Samuel D. Madia of Shaffer Madia Law PLLC.

Zales is represented by Ashley C. Pack and Katherine B. Capito of Dinsmore Shohl.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia case number: 1:16-cv-00043

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