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Appalachia Mining worker claims he was fired for filing workers' comp claim

State Court

By Marian Johns | Nov 29, 2019

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WILLIAMSON – An Appalachia Mining worker who was injured on the job alleges he was fired because he filed a workers' compensation claim. 

William Robinette filed a complaint in Mingo Circuit Court against CAM Mining LLC, doing business as Appalachia Mining LLC, alleging violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act. 

According to the complaint, Robinette was injured on May 31, 2018, while working for Appalachia in Mingo County and filed a workers' compensation claim. He alleges one year later while still receiving temporary total disability benefits, he received a letter of termination that stated he was being fired for being off work for one year.

The plaintiff alleges his termination was a result of his filing a workers' compensation claim, not because of a "legitimate, nondiscriminatory, nonretaliatory reason."

Robinette seeks punitive and compensatory damages, a trial by jury and all other relief the court deems proper. He is represented by Samuel Hanna of the Hanna Law Office in Charleston.

Mingo Circuit Court case number 19-C-126

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