RIPLEY – A man alleges his Jackson County employer terminated him while he was on medical leave.
Kevin L. Hooker filed a complaint on July 13 in the Jackson Circuit Court against Constellium Rolled Products Ravenswood LLC and Joseph Martucci alleging that they violated the West Virginia Human Rights Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff was employed by the defendants as general foreman and informed them he needed to take medical leave for a surgery on his shoulder. The suit states that on Nov. 16, 2015, he informed the defendants' human resources department that surgery was scheduled for the next month. The plaintiff holds Constellium Rolled Products Ravenswood LLC and Martucci responsible because the defendants allegedly retaliated against him and unlawfully terminated his employment while he was on medical leave on Feb. 26.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an award for damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorneys' fees and costs and such other relief as the court deems just and equitable. He is represented by Todd S. Bailess, Rodney S. Smith, Philip Estep and Joy B. Mega of Bailess Smith PLLC in Charleston. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Thomas C. Evans III.
Jackson Circuit Court Case number 16-C-54