BECKLEY – Three former employees of the Raleigh County Community Action Association allege their ages were factors in their termination.
Pamela Boyden, Larry English and Irma Jean Cook filed a complaint in Raleigh Circuit Court against Raleigh County Community Action Association Inc. alleging violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs were employed by the defendant for more than two decades and are all older than 60. They allege that, despite performing their duties in a satisfactory manner, they were terminated by the defendant on May 2017. They allege they were the only individuals whose positions were eliminated and that the defendant hired younger individuals to perform the same job duties.
The plaintiffs hold Raleigh County Community Action Association Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly subjected them to unlawful discrimination and termination because of their age.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek compensatory and punitive damages, prejudgment interest, attorney's fees, costs and such other just and proper relief. They are represented by Brandon S. Steele of the Law Offices of Brandon S. Steele in Beckley and Anthony M. Salvatore of Hewitt & Salvatore PLLC in Fayetteville.
The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge John A. Hutchison.
Raleigh Circuit Court case number 18-C-216