Former employee alleges coal company failed to pay proper wages

By Philip Gonzales | Apr 5, 2017

WHEELING — A former employee has filed a class action lawsuit against a coal company, alleging violation of workers compensation acts.

WHEELING — A former employee has filed a class action lawsuit against a coal company, alleging violation of workers compensation acts.

Garfield J. Singleton, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint March 16 in Ohio Circuit Court against The Harrison County Coal Company alleging violation of the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act.

According to the complaint, on Feb. 10, Singleton was discharged from his employment. To date, the suit says, he has not been paid wages for hours worked on his last day. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendant has failed to pay its discharged employees all wages due within the period required by WPCA.

Singleton seeks trial by jury, actual damages, plus liquidated damages of up to $75,000, interest, attorney fees, costs and all other relief. He is represented by attorneys Todd S. Bailess and Rodney A. Smith of Bailess Smith PLLC in Charleston.

Ohio Circuit Court Case number 17-c-84

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