CHARLESTON – A lawsuit alleging an employee of Power Parts Supply LLC was discriminated against based on her gender has been settled and dismissed.

After mediation, the parties reached an agreement and the lawsuit was dismissed on July 22, according to Kanawha Circuit Court documents. A notice of mediation was filed on May 11 and the mediation was held on June 13.

Suzette R. Piggott filed a lawsuit on Feb. 19 in Kanawha Circuit Court against Power Parts Supply LLC and her former supervisor, Tony Tallarico, citing gender discrimination and assault.

Piggott was employed by the defendant as an office manager under the supervision of Tallarico, according to the suit.

On Feb. 19, 2015, Tallarico's actions constituted assault when he threw a box of parts across the floor, approached her as if to hit her and slammed his fist down on the desk inches away from her.

The plaintiff avers that the defendant discriminated against her based on her gender and retaliation in the form of not receiving health care in the same amount of time as her male coworkers and for her allegedly wrongful termination on Feb. 23, 2015.

Piggott also claimed she was retaliated against for following instructions by Tallarico that were inconsistent with instructions from Tallarico's wife.

Piggott was seeking past and future lost wages and benefits, damages for distress and medical expenses, statutory damages, punitive damages, attorney fees and a trial by jury. She was represented by Scott H. Kaminski of Balgo & Kaminski.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 16-C-251

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