CHARLESTON — A former employee is suing a telecommunications company, alleging discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination.

Kerry Fugate of Kanawha County filed a complaint Jan. 12 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia against Frontier West Virginia Inc., alleging violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

According to the complaint, on Jan. 14, 2015, Fugate was terminated from his employment and, as a result, he has suffered lost wages and benefits, humiliation, embarrassment and indignity. He was also unable to find suitable and gainful employment comparable to the wages he earned with Frontier West Virginia, the suit says. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendant failed to provide reasonable accommodations, retaliated against him and terminated his employment for seeking and/or being eligible to take FMLA leave when Fugate's mother became seriously ill.

Fugate seeks trial by jury, compensatory, punitive and liquidated damages, back pay, reinstatement or front pay, costs of litigation, pre- and post-judgment interest and all other remedies allowed by law. He is represented by attorneys Hoyt Glazer of Law Office of Hoyt Glazer PLLC in Huntington, by Kevin P. Davis of Charleston, and by William Dean of Dean Law Offices PLLC in St. Albans.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia Case number 2:17-cv-00559

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