Mail delivery driver alleges employer violated wage acts

By Philip Gonzales | Feb 1, 2017

RIPLEY — A mail delivery driver is suing a trucking business, alleging violation of workers compensation acts.

Travis Cooper filed a complaint Jan. 12 in Jackson Circuit Court against Gentlemen Gene Trucking Inc., alleging violation of the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Practices Act.

According to the complaint, in June 2016, Cooper, who had started working for Gentleman Gene Trucking in 2006, was terminated from his employment. As a result, the suit says, Cooper will continue to suffer economic damages including loss of past and future wages, emotional distress and embarrassment. 

The plaintiff alleges Gentlemen Gene Trucking terminated his employment for making a good faith report regarding the unsafe condition of his delivery truck, for refusing to drive the same vehicle and for failing to pay final wages that were due and payable.

Cooper seeks trial by jury, compensatory, punitive and liquidated damages, litigation costs, pre- and post-judgment relief and all other equitable relief. He is represented by attorneys Phillip Estep, Todd S. Bailess and Rodney A. Smith of Bailess Smith PLLC in Charleston.

Jackson Circuit Court Case number 17-c-3

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