BECKLEY – A Raleigh County man is suing Glade Springs Resort for wrongfully terminating his employment.

Maxine Braune was also named as a defendant in the suit.

David Ryan Snyder is a PGA golf professional who was hired on March 10 as the Director of Golf for Glade Springs Resort in Daniels, according to a complaint filed Sept. 2 in Raleigh Circuit Court.

Snyder claims after accepting the position at Glade Springs, he resigned from his position at the PGA Head Golf Professional at Boca Raton Resort & Club and returned to his home state of West Virginia.

The employment agreement between Snyder and the defendants states that the defendants would provide Snyder lodging in a villa on the defendants’ property from April 13 until Oct. 31, according to the suit. The agreement also stated that

Snyder would operate, own and/or manage a golf simulator and that the parties would arrive at mutually agreeable terms regarding the simulator.

Snyder claims on April 27, the defendants required him to be in charge, manage and maintain all beverage cart operations and he accepted the duty, even though it was not set forth in his employment agreement.

In May, Snyder advised the defendants that the beverage carts were illegally operating and/or serving liquor without a liquor license as required by West Virginia law, according to the suit.

Snyder claims in response, the defendants informed him that if he did not want to operate the beverage carts with liquor, “they would find someone who would.” He was then directed to continue selling the liquor from the carts and to keep the liquor hidden in a lock box on the carts and hidden in the halfway house.

After the confrontation, the defendants changed Snyder’s work schedule requiring him to work seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and forced him to cancel a pre-planned family vacation, according to the suit.

Snyder claims on July 19, the defendants terminated his employment and required him to vacate the villa on their property by July 26.

On July 22, the defendants via e-mail, informed Snyder that because he consulted with an attorney regarding his termination, he was immediately prohibited from entering the defendants’ property, according to the suit.

Snyder claims the defendants breached their contract and their breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing.

The defendants retaliated against Snyder and caused him damages, according to the suit.

Snyder is seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. He is being represented by Mark S. Plants of Plants Law Offices.

Raleigh Circuit Court case number: 16-C-570

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