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Former Absolute Care Clinic counselor claims she was terminated for reporting alleged illegal activity

State Court

By Carrie Bradon | Sep 3, 2019

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CHARLESTON – A woman alleges she was terminated by her Logan County employer because she reported alleged illegal activity.

Elizabeth Crawford filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against Absolute Care Clinic PLLC in Dr. Anwar Abdeen alleging violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act, wrongful termination and other counts.

The suit states that the plaintiff is a black woman who was hired by the defendants to offer counseling services to patients at the rate of $40 an hour. The suit states she started her employment on March 2, 2017, and was terminated on July 28, 2017.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants would "force" patients to sign a waiver and pay $300 in cash, and she alleges state code forbids cash-only suboxone clinics. She alleges she reported the alleged illegal activity to the defendants, a U.S. attorney and an inspector with the state's Department of Health and Human Services. 

The plaintiff alleges her race and her complaints of the defendants' alleged illegal activity were factors in her termination.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by D. Adrian Hoosier II of Hoosier Law Firm PLLC in Charleston.

The case has been assigned to Judge Tera Salango.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 19-C-715

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