HUNTINGTON — A former employee is suing Cabell Huntington Hospital Inc. and Thomas Jones, a health facility and its director of environmental services, citing alleged retaliatory discharge, sexual harassment and hostile environment, wrongful discharge and outrage.

Brandon Barber filed a complaint on April 29 in Cabell Circuit Court against the defendants, alleging that they terminated his employment due to a non-work-related reason.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, in 2014, he received requests from defendant Jones to find him a girlfriend. The plaintiff alleges he was pressured to do so and was threatened with being discharged if he didn't comply. Furthermore, the plaintiff was told to "flirt" with his co-workers so as to be likable, he alleges. The plaintiff says he reported these matters to a supervisor but his complaint was ignored. On Oct. 15, 2015, the plaintiff was fired on grounds that he was not able to work on weekends., he alleges The plaintiff holds Cabell Huntington Hospital Inc. and Jones responsible because of the alleged failure to conduct an investigation about the complaints reported by the plaintiff. Jones was not reprimanded for his actions and behavior and the plaintiff was terminated despite his excellent performance at work, the suit alleges.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks actual damages for lost wages, lost compensation and fringe benefits; general and compensatory damages; punitive damages; prejudgment and postjudgment interest; all costs incurred in pursuing this action; attorney fees; and such other relief as the court deems fair and proper in the interest of justice. He is represented by Hoyt Glazer of Law Office of Hoyt Glazer, PLLC in Huntington.

Cabell Circuit Court Case number 16-c-298

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