Woman sues Jackson County Commission for hostile work environment

By From staff reports | Apr 2, 2018

RIPLEY – A woman is suing the Jackson County Commission after she claims she was forced to quit after working in a hostile environment.

Krista Jordan was employed by the defendant and was forced to resign after being treated horribly my multiple employees/managers employed by the county commission, according to a complaint filed Jan. 25 in Jackson Circuit Court.

The defendant’s actions violated public policy, according to the suit.

Jordan claims she was employed by the defendant from May 5, 2015, until Feb. 21, 2017, earning $19,000 per year and working 40 hours per week.

During the course of the plaintiff’s employment, two co-workers would frequently yell at the plaintiff and otherwise speak to her and about her in her presence in a derogatory and unprofessional manner, according to the suit.

Jordan claims she was belittled and the employees’ actions caused her to become anxious, scared, upset, depressed and forced her to cry regularly, lose sleep, seek professional and medical help and caused family problems.

The plaintiff requested that the employees stop their conduct, but they refused to do so, according to the suit. She also requested an accommodation that was available but was denied.

Jordan claims she attempted to address her treatment by the employees with her supervisor, the assessor, but he did not adequately address the concerns brought to his attention regarding her treatment by the employees.

On Feb. 21, Jordan requested a transfer to another division in order to avoid contact with the employees who had been treating her in an inappropriate manner, but the transfer was not approved, according to the suit.

Jordan claims the assessor told her if she was not happy with her present employment that she could turn in her keys.

The defendant allowed a hostile work environment to exist after having knowledge of it, according to the suit.

Jordan claims the defendants violated the West Virginia Human Rights Act and caused her damages.

Jordan is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. She is represented by D. Adrian Hoosier II of Lord Hoosier.

The case is assigned to Circuit Judge Lora Dyer.

Jackson Circuit Court case number: 18-C-4

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