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Pipefitter alleges Bidell Gas Compression terminated him in retaliation after on-the-job injury

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By Kyla Asbury | Aug 7, 2019

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NEW CUMBERLAND – A Hancock County man is suing Bidell Gas Compression and his supervisor alleging that after he was injured on the job, his employment was terminated.

Roger L. Davis filed the suit in Hancock Circuit Court against Bidell Gas and supervisor Hunter Sweat alleging retaliatory discharge and workers' compensation discrimination. 

The plaintiff alleges he was hired by Bidell as a pipefitter in August 2018. The suit states Davis received an injury while working on March 8 and went to Weirton Medical Center for treatment. He alleges he was placed on light duty by the doctor, however, Hunter insisted he do tasks outside of his medical restriction. The plaintiff alleges he provided the defendants with his physician's release on March 11 and the defendants issued a write up, which resulted in a three-day, unpaid suspension.

Davis claims he returned to work on March 14 and was fired without cause on March 15. He also alleges that Bidell did not file a workers' compensation claim as promised.

The plaintiff is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. He is represented by Karl Kolenich of Klie Law Offices in Buckhannon.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Michael J. Olejasz.

Hancock Circuit Court case number 19-C-53

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