Marmet police chief claims retaliation after filing workers' compensation claim

By Philip Gonzales | Feb 5, 2019

CHARLESTON — A chief of police is suing the town that employs him and its officials, citing alleged violation of workers' compensation laws.

Gary L. Perdue filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against the Town of Marmet, et al. alleging that they violated the West Virginia Human Rights Act and the West Virginia Workers' Compensation Act.

According to the complaint, Perdue alleges that on May 18, 2017, he was seriously injured while in the course and scope of his employment with the defendants. As a result of the defendants' wrongful actions, he has suffered lost wages and benefits, annoyance, inconvenience, embarrassment, loss of dignity and emotional distress. 

The plaintiff holds Town of Marmet, et al. responsible because they allegedly failed to provide reasonable accommodation, retaliated against him for filing a workers' compensation claim and wrongfully reduced his pay by approximately $13,000 per year.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, with interest, costs, attorney's fees and such other just and proper relief. He is represented by Shawn R. Romano and Miles B. Berger of Romano & Associates PLLC in Charleston.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 18-C-1516

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