Woman accuses former employer of gender, age discrimination

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 14, 2019

WINFIELD — An ex-employee is suing a beverage company, citing alleged age and gender discrimination and wrongful termination.

Mary L. Sansom filed a complaint in Putnam Circuit Court against Bottling Group, LLC; Charles G. Dunn and Brian Hicks for allege violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act.

According to the complaint, on June 15, 2018, after working for approximately 14 years at the defendants' company, the 54 -year old-plaintiff was discharged; she claims this was based on her age and gender. 

Sansom claims that throughout her employment, she observed a pattern of older, long-term employees being terminated or forced to retire and replaced by younger employees known as "campus hires." 

As a result of this policy, Sansom claims, she suffered loss of her employment, wages, benefits and job security. 

The plaintiff holds Bottling Group, LLC; Charles G. Dunn and Brian Hicks responsible because they allegedly disciplined her more harshly than her male counterparts due to her gender and sex, and discharged her based in whole or in part on her age.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for damages in an amount to be determined by the jury, together with pre- and post-judgment interest, attorneys' fees, cost, and such relief the Court deems just under the circumstances. She is represented by Robert B. Warner and Kameron T. Miller of Warner Law Offices, PLLC in Charleston.

Putnam Circuit Court Case number 18-C-215

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