GLENVILLE – A Gilmer County man is suing a McDonald’s
manager and the store’s franchisee over claims he was wrongfully arrested for
John R. Zisgray filed a lawsuit May 6 in Gilmer Circuit
Court against Cindy Langman and J.W. Ebert Corp., doing business as McDonald’s,
alleging libel and slander, intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The complaint concerns an incident that allegedly occurred May
8, 2015 at the Glenville McDonald’s, where Langman works. According to the complaint,
Langman told a state trooper that Zisgray went through the restaurant’s
drive-thru, came back, and had used profanity, racial slurs and threats against
her and another employee. Zisgray, who was arrested and later acquitted by a jury,
denies the allegations and says defending himself against the charges caused
him to seek treatment for anxiety and emotional distress, plus cost him great
sums of money.
The plaintiff seeks a jury trial punitive and compensatory damages,
as well as recovery of lost wages and attorney’s fees. He is represented by William
B. Summers of Summers & Associates in Parkersburg.
Judge Richard A. Facemire is assigned to the case.
Gilmer Circuit Court Case number 16-C-17