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Black man alleges he was terminated by Cherokee Resources after complaint of discriminatory treatment

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By Carrie Bradon | Sep 10, 2019

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FAYETTEVILLE — A Raleigh County man alleges he was terminated from his job after complaining about discriminatory treatment.

Omar Lewis filed a complaint in Fayette Circuit Court against Cherokee Resources Inc. and Ricky Burgess alleging violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act, wrongful discharge and other counts.

The suit states that the plaintiff was hired by the defendant on Sept. 8, 2018, and worked full time as a general laborer and miner. During the course of his employment, the plaintiff alleges he was mistreated and discriminated by the defendant and his supervisor, Burgess, because he is black. He alleges he filed a complaint about the treatment on March 28 and was terminated April 4 because of the complaint.

The plaintiff is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Shawn R. Romano and Miles B. Berger of Romano & Associates PLLC in Charleston.

The case has been assigned to Judge Thomas Ewing.

Fayette Circuit Court Case number 19-C-108

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