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Former King Coal Chevrolet employee seeks damages over sexual harassment allegations


By Bree Gonzales | Aug 21, 2018

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FAYETTEVILLE – An Oak Hill woman alleges she was forced to resign from her job because of sexual harassment.

Teresa Webb filed a complaint in Fayette Circuit Court against King Coal Chevrolet Co., Beckley Auto Mall Corp. and Sean Nichols citing the West Virginia Human Rights Act, assault and battery.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff began working for King Coal in 2010 and was last employed as a warranty clerk before her departure in December 2017. She alleges Nichols, King Coal's service manager, frequently made harmful and offensive physical contact with her body. She alleges she reported the conduct but no administrative actions were taken, so she resigned.

Webb holds King Coal Chevrolet Co., Beckley Auto Mall Corp. and Nichols responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to exercise reasonable care to investigate to a conclusion and take action to prevent or correct Nichols' behavior. 

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order for defendants to institute and carry out policies for equal employment for women, general and consequential monetary damages, compensation for past and future losses, attorney's fees and cost. She is represented by James D. McQueen Jr. of McQueen Davis PLLC in Huntington.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge John W. Hatcher Jr.

Fayette Circuit Court case number 18-c-126

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