Class action claims Highland Hospital violated labor and human rights laws

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jan 4, 2019

CHARLESTON — A former employee has filed a class-action lawsuit against Highland Hospital, citing alleged failure to timely pay wages, retaliation and wrongful termination.

Brian Johnson, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against Highland Hospital Foundation Inc. d/b/a Meridian Behavioral Health Systems, alleging that it violated the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act and the West Virginia Human Rights Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he suffered lost wages and benefits, emotional distress, indignity and embarrassment. He holds Highland Hospital Foundation Inc. d/b/a Meridian Behavioral Health Systems responsible because it allegedly required him to do clean-up work and other tasks after being forced to clock out, terminated his employment for complaining and failed to pay wages in full by the next scheduled payday or within four days from his discharge date.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks back pay and front pay, punitive damages, attorney's fees, costs, interest and such other legal and equitable relief. He is represented by D. Adrian Hoosier II of Hoosier Law Firm PLLC in Charleston.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 18-C-1427

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