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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Woman alleges Laurel Lodge Enterprises, Beckley Lodging failed to provide her safety equipment to clean black mold


By Carrie Bradon | Apr 23, 2019

BECKLEY – A woman alleges she was forced to quit her job at a Raleigh County hotel because she was made to clean black mold without the appropriate safety equipment.

Melinda Graham filed a complaint in Raleigh Circuit Court against Laurel Lodge Enterprises Inc., doing business as Comfort Inn, and Beckley Lodging LLC alleging constructive discharge in violation of public policy.

The suit states that the plaintiff was employed as a housekeeper by the defendant and she was made to clean black mold without the appropriate safety equipment. She alleges she requested safety equipment but was denied.

The plaintiff alleges she had to quit her job in September 2018 due to the exposure to an unsafe working condition and was constructively discharged by the defendant for refusing to work in an unsafe working environment.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs, and a trial by jury. The plaintiff is represented by Greg A. Hewitt of Hewitt & Salvatore PLLC in Fayetteville.

The case has been assigned to Judge Andrew Dimlich.

Raleigh Circuit Court case number 19-C-105

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