Fired Veterans Affairs employee says termination was unfair, discriminatory

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 10, 2019

MARTINSBURG — An employee is suing a federal agency, citing alleged discrimination and wrongful termination.

Charleatta M. Black filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia Martinsburg Division against the Dept. of Veterans Affairs alleging that it subjected her as an employee to unfair treatment, causing her to lose her employment.

According to the complaint, on Oct. 10, 2015, Black was not working her per-contract shift of employment because she was covering another employee's shift. She claims she was assigned to leave her own overtime post by another employee without being informed that the chief of nursing had issued a memo stating the unit policy on work assignments had changed. 

As a result, Black was fired on the eve of her probation being over and her change to full-time, permanent employee status. 

She holds the Dept. of Veterans Affairs responsible because it allegedly failed to provide her the chance to redeem herself by investigating the incident and overlooked compelling testimonial evidence statements given by hand in writing from other employees that her termination was done in a discriminatory manner.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for punitive damages, attorney's fees and any other relief deemed appropriate by the court.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia Martinsburg Division Case number 3:18-cv-00193-GMG-RWT

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