HUNTINGTON – Forty-six former employees are suing CSX Transportation in federal court for allegedly wrongfully terminating their employment.
Justin Adkins, Edwin Glowacki, Kevin Palmer, Samuel Preston, Dennis Sargent, Travis Thornsberry, Michael Williams, John Baker, James Blain, Jonathan Jeffers, Robert Mosteller, Michael Potter, Jessee Wallace, Bobby Akers, Gerald Barber, John Bills, Michael Clark, Randall Craycraft, John Frasure, Joshua Hall, Sammy Maddix, Zack Potter, James Stinnett, Todd Thayer, Michael Campbell, Chad Little, Jeremy Napier, Matthew Woods, John Carpenter, Quincy Christian, Gregory Hamm, Ethan Mullins, Danny Stewart, David Manis, Joshua Ferguson, Eric Speaks, Donald Stephens, Jason Barker, Chad Dowdy, Jerry Flocker, Grover Kelley, Clay Stiltner and Dennis Hutchinson filed the lawsuit against CSX Transportation, CSX Corporation, Dr. Craig S. Heligman, Gus Thoele, Curt Shogren, Milton Storm, Dillon Doug Jones, Tom DeAngelo, Shawn Lusk, Elizabeth Creedon and Kenneth Ray Emerson on Feb. 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
The plaintiffs claim CSX refused to allow them to take legitimate medical leaves of absence, accused them of committing insurance fraud, fired them for using their health insurance and violated their rights by exposing their medical records.
CSX also violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the West Virginia Human Relations Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, according to the suit.
The employees claim they were all wrongfully terminated in 2017.
The employees are seeking compensatory and punitive damages and reinstatement to their former jobs. They are represented by Gregory G. Paul of Morgan & Paul PLLC; Kenneth R. Reed; Jeff R. Dingwall of Eight & Sand; and C. Kiel Garella of Garella Law.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia case number: 3:18-cv-00321