Employee sues, alleging retaliatory and discriminatory termination

By Bree Gonzales | Jan 9, 2019

CHARLESTON — A laborer/hydro-blast technician and his wife are suing Veolia Es Industrial Services Inc and/or Veolia Es Industrial Services International LLC and John Does 1-10, citing alleged discriminatory termination of an injured employee, disability discrimination, and termination in violation of substantial public policy.

Nathan Christian Petty and Melissa Susan Petty filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against the defendants alleging that they retaliated against Nathan for filing a worker's compensation claim by terminating him.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that, on August 24, 2017, and November 30, 2017, Nathan Christian Petty suffered on the job injury and was placed on a light duty work. On December 7, 2017, he was medically cleared to return to full work duty but his employment was terminated on December 15, 2017. Despite having an open worker's compensation claim, unpaid medical bills remain for both injury claims. The plaintiffs hold Veolia Es Industrial Services Inc and/or Veolia Es Industrial Services International LLC and John Does 1-10 responsible because the defendants allegedly violated West Virginia Code §23-5A-1 et seq.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek general and special damages including front pay and back pay, punitive damages, interest on judgment at the legal rate from the date of judgment, pre-judgment interest, attorney's fees, cost, and other relief the plaintiff may be entitled. They are represented by Abraham J. Saad of Saad Dixon Law Offices PLLC in Huntington.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 18-c-1461

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