CHARLESTON – Four lawsuits have been filed against GreenWood Inc. after the plaintiffs claim they were discriminated against based on their ages.
Kenny Steen was also named as a defendant in the suit.
Pablo A. Falcon, Daniel Bush, Dennis Graham Holloran, Daniel Lee Morris were employees at GreenWood as electricians and were laid off on May 15 for lack of work, according to four complaints filed Nov. 17 in Kanawha Circuit Court.
The plaintiffs claim they were all over the age of 40 when they were laid off and that the defendants retained the employees under the age of 40 with less experience than the plaintiffs.
At the time that the plaintiffs were laid off, they were told that when work improved they would be called back, according to the suits.
The plaintiffs claim the defendants have been advertising for electricians, but they have not been called back to employment.
The defendants’ lay off was based on the plaintiffs’ ages and not loss of work, since the defendants continued to retain employees that were under the age of 40 and with less work experience, according to the suits.
The plaintiffs claim the defendants engaged in age discrimination against them.
The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. They are being represented by Mark W. Carbone of Carbone & Blaydes.
The cases are assigned to Circuit Judges Louis Bloom, Charles E. King and Tod J. Kaufman.
Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 17-C-1585, 17-C-1586, 17-C-1587, 17-C-1588