Delivery driver accuses auto parts distributor of wrongful termination

By Philip Gonzales | Oct 19, 2016

PRINCETON — A Greenbrier County man is suing an automotive parts distributor, alleging discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination.

Steven L. Osborne of Charmco filed a lawsuit Sept. 20 in the Mercer Circuit Court against Hahn Automobile Warehouse, alleging hef was discharged for exercising his rights.

According to the complaint, on June 6, 2015, Osborne was terminated from his employment as a parts delivery driver after his medical leave of absence expired. The suit says In a correspondence prior to his termination, Osborne was advised he could reapply upon being released to return to work, which was later denied. 

The lawsuit states Osborne has suffered lost wages and benefits, mental anguish and inconvenience. The plaintiff alleges Hahn discriminated and retaliated against Osborne, terminated his employment while he was off work and refused to rehire/reinstate him due to work-related injuries to his left shoulder and for pursuing workers' compensation benefits.

Osborne seeks trial by jury, damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney fees, court costs and all relief that is deemed proper. He is represented by attorney Jerad K. Horne of Brewster, Morhous, Cameron, Caruth, Moore, Kersey & Stafford PLLC in Bluefield.

Mercer Circuit Court Case number 16-c-307

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