Former driver accuses electrical contractors of disability discrimination

By Lhalie Castillo | Jun 13, 2016

CHARLESTON — A former driver is suing Leonard's Electrical Suppliers Inc., Leonard Brightwell, and Darrell Brightwell, electrical contractors, citing alleged disability discrimination and wrongful discharge.

CHARLESTON — A former driver is suing Leonard's Electrical Suppliers Inc., Leonard Brightwell and Darrell Brightwell, electrical contractors, citing alleged disability discrimination and wrongful discharge.

Jackie Creasey filed a complaint on May 9 in Kanawha Circuit Court against the defendants, alleging that they no longer asked him to report to work due to his epilepsy and how it could affect the business' insurance rates.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, in January 2016, he was hired by the defendants as a driver. They later found out that he has epilepsy and asked him for medical proof that he was capable of working, the suit says. The following day, he was not allowed to return to his work because of his disability's effect on the business' insurance rates, he alleges. The plaintiff holds Leonard's Electrical Suppliers Inc., Leonard Brightwell and Darrell Brightwell responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to acknowledge that the plaintiff is a qualified worker despite his disability and terminated him even though he does not require any accommodations.

The plaintiff seeks judgment against the defendants for actual damages; damages for emotional distress, embarrassment, humiliation and other non-economic damages; attorney fees, costs and expenses associated with the pursuit of this action; and such other relief as the court may deem appropriate. He is represented by Mark A. Toor in Charleston.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 16-c-693

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