CHARLESTON – A Kanawha County woman is suing her former employer for
allegedly failing to honor an employment contract.
Sarah Tanner filed a lawsuit April 15 in Kanawha Circuit
Court against Hard Rock Exploration Inc., Jim Stephens, Monica R. Francisco and
John Does 1-5, alleging breach of contract and failure to pay timely wages.
According to the complaint, Tanner signed an employment agreement
with Hard Rock on Sept. 2, 2014, stipulating she could be terminated only on
the occurrence of specific events. The suit says that although Tanner met none
of the conditions required for dismissal, she was nonetheless terminated on
Dec. 9, 2015, nearly a year before the contract was set to expire. Although Tanner
claims she is legally entitled to the remainder of her salary for the second
year of the contract, the complaint states that the defendant has left the
Tanner seeks a jury trial and enforcement of the contract,
as well as statutory damages, litigation costs and interest. She is represented
by attorney Rodney A. Smith and Todd S. Bailess of the law firm of Bailess
Smith PLLC in Charleston.
Judge Tod J. Kaufman is assigned to the case.
Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 16-C-568