ELKINS – A Tennessee man alleges his race was a factor in his termination from an oilfield services company in West Virginia.
Michael B. Johnson filed a complaint in Lewis Circuit Court against Schlumberger Technology Corp. alleging racial discrimination, retaliation for reporting discrimination and other counts.
The suit states the plaintiff, who is black, was employed by the defendant at its Weston office. He alleges in late August or early September 2018, he reported racial slurs and gender stereotype comments made by other employees and that he felt discriminated against due to his African-American race by his supervisors. He alleges the defendant did not take any action in response to his complaint and that he was laid off on Oct. 19, 2018. He alleges he was replaced by a Caucasian man.
The plaintiff alleges he was treated in a disparate manner because of his race and was subjected to a hostile work environment.
The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Erika Klie Kolenich of Klie Law Offices in Buckhannon.
The case was removed to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia by the defendant on May 1.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia case number 2:19-CV-00033