Whistleblower accuses company of wrongful discharge

By Robert Hadley | May 11, 2016

BECKLEY – A Raleigh County man says he was fired after raising safety concerns at work.

Robert Evan Jarvis filed a lawsuit May 3 in Raleigh Circuit Court against Teays Inc., alleging retaliatory discharge.

According to the complaint, Jarvis was a vulcanizer for Teays from 2011 through his termination on March 3, 2015. During his employment, Jarvis says he told supervisors there was a problem with improper monitoring or grounding of electrical equipment. When no action was taken, the plaintiff says he called the Mine Safety and Health Administration. When his supervisors found out he made the call, the suit says they terminated his employment.


Jarvis seeks a jury trial, punitive and compensatory damages, interest, and litigation costs. He is represented by attorneys Stephen B. Farmer and Mattew H. Nelson of Farmer, Cline & Campbell PLLC in Morgantown.

Judge Robert A. Burnside is assigned to the case.

Raleigh Circuit Court Case number 16-C-278

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