Machinist/welder accuses machinery company of wrongful discharge

By Philip Gonzales | Jun 21, 2018

BLUEFIELD — A machinist/welder is suing a machinery company, alleging age discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination.

BLUEFIELD — A machinist/welder is suing a machinery company, alleging age discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination.

Lawrence Carter Jr. of Mercer County filed a complaint May 9 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia Bluefield Division against Carter Machinery Company, Inc., alleging violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act.

According to the complaint, on March 28, 2016, Carter was terminated from his employment, leading to lost wages and benefits, humiliation, embarrassment, indignation and severe emotional distress and mental anguish. 

The plaintiff alleges Carter Machinery discriminated against him on the basis of his age and terminated his employment in retaliation for Carter engaging in protected activity.

Carter seeks trial by jury, compensatory and punitive damages of at least $75,000, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney fees, court costs and all other appropriate relief. He is represented by attorney Derrick W. Lefler of Princeton.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia Bluefield Division case number 1:18-cv-00903

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