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Man files suit over alleged hostile work environment against Alliance Coal, Tunnel Ridge


By Carrie Bradon | May 3, 2019

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WHEELING – A Wheeling man alleges his race was a factor in his constructive discharge by his employers.

James Regis Martin filed a complaint in Ohio Circuit Court against Alliance Coal LLC and Tunnel Ridge LLC alleging employment discrimination, hostile workplace, wrongful termination/constructive discharge and other counts.

The suit states that the plaintiff is a "person of color" and was an employee of the defendants for more than six years. He alleges during his employment, the defendants had notice and knowledge of racist comments, slurs and ill-treatment directed toward him and failed to take corrective action.

The plaintiff alleges he was constructively discharged from his position.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Ronald W. Zavolta, Jordan M. Laird and Paul J. Ratcliffe of Zavolta Law Office in Wheeling.

The case has been assigned to Judge David Sims.

Ohio Circuit Court case number 19-C-81

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