CHARLESTON – A Kanawha County woman says she was unlawfully
fired after a co-worker resigned and reported their boss for alleged sexual
Jamie Hypes filed a lawsuit April 4 in Kanawha Circuit Court against
Pierson Refrigeration Services Inc., doing business as Pierson Technical
Services, alleging sexual harassment and unlawful termination.
According to the complaint, after Hypes began working for
Pierson in the fall of 2015 as a dispatcher, she became the target of unwanted
sexual advances from its president, Franklin Pierson. The suit says the
harassment included verbal and text messages with sexual content and unwanted
touching. In early January of 2016, the plaintiff states that a co-worker who
was similarly harassed resigned and complained to human resources, after which Hypes was
Hypes seeks a jury trial and punitive and compensatory damages,
including back pay and benefits, reinstatement or front pay, and litigation
costs. She is represented by attorneys Stephen B. Farmer and Matthew H. Nelson of
Farmer, cline & Campbell PLLC in Morgantown.
Judge Louis H. “Duke” Bloom is assigned to the case.
Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 16-C-492