CHARLESTON – A Putnam County man alleges he was terminated from his job as a driver because he supported unionizing.

Gary L. Morrison filed a complaint on June 29 in the Kanawha Circuit Court against FedEx Freight Inc. and Federal Express Corp. alleging retaliatory discharge.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff began his employment with the defendants in 1997 and was discharged on Aug. 9, 2016. The suit states that on July 26, 2016, he was crossing railroad tracks in Logan County when the safety arm activated and came down on the trailer he was hauling, causing it to break. The plaintiff alleges he forgot to report the incident that day and was later terminated under the pretense that it was because of his failure to report. He alleges the defendants' actual reason for terminating him was because of his support for drivers of the defendants to unionize with the Teamsters.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, costs and expenses for this action and such other relief as the court may deem just and proper. He is represented by Michael J. Del Giudice of Ciccarrello, Del Giudice & Lafon in Charleston. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 17-C-904

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