Employee accuses former company of discrimination

By Philip Gonzales | Nov 15, 2016

WHEELING — An Ohio man is suing a West Virginia company, alleging discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress and wrongful discharge.

Harold Holmes filed a lawsuit Oct. 24 in Ohio Circuit Court against Northern Panhandle Workforce Development Board Inc of Warwood, West Virginia, alleging violation of West Virginia public policy.

According to the complaint, Holmes, who began working for Northern Panhandle in October 2013, required cardiac bypass surgery in September 2014. The suit says between January and May 2016, Holmes' supervisor repeatedly prevented him from attending cardiac rehabilitation treatments and made several comments regarding his health and age. 

On May 9, 2016, the lawsuit states, Holmes was terminated from his employment. The plaintiff alleges Northern Panhandle subjected him to discriminatory practices and intentional infliction of emotional distress, did not pay him for all the hours he worked and failed to pay his outstanding wages in a timely manner.

Holmes seeks trial by jury, damages, including but not limited to lost wages and benefits, punitive damages, attorney fees and court costs. He is represented by attorneys Frank X. Duff and Sandra K. Law of Schrader Byrd and Companion PLLC in Wheeling.

Ohio Circuit Court Case number 16-c-326

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