Paramedic sues former employer following termination

By Philip Gonzales | Jul 29, 2016

FAYETTEVILLE — A paramedic is suing Priority Ambulance LLC, a former employer, citing alleged wrongful termination.

FAYETTEVILLE — A paramedic is suing Priority Ambulance LLC, a former employer, citing alleged wrongful termination.

Scott Comer filed a complaint on June 24 in Fayette Circuit Court against Priority Ambulance LLC, alleging that the former employer committed malicious prosecution and violated the West Virginia Human Rights Act, West Virginia Code and public policy against retaliatory discharge. .

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on May 20, he was terminated from his employment after a history of work-related injury, failure to properly accommodate, discouragement against filing a workers' compensation claim and failure to pay medical expenses. He also claims the company falsely accused him of stealing drugs when he had allegedly traveled to the Fayette County Sheriff's Department to seek a witness for his legal relinquishment of drugs in his possession. He alleges he has suffered lost earnings, emotional pain, suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life. The plaintiff holds Priority Ambulance LLC responsible because the defendant allegedly subjected him to discriminatory actions, failed to provide reasonable accommodations and terminated his employment for attempting to receive workers' compensation benefits.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorney's fees, court costs, expenses, reinstatement or front pay and such other relief as the court deems proper. He is represented by Adam D. Taylor of Taylor and Hinke, Attorney at Law in Beckley.

Fayette Circuit Court Case number 16-C-182

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