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Former Nitro Construction office manager claims she was fired for having depression, anxiety

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By Marian Johns | Dec 13, 2019

Wrongful term 14

WINFIELD – A woman alleges she was fired by a Nitro company because of her mental illness.

Brittany Paul filed a complaint in Putnam Circuit Court against Nitro Construction Services Inc., Bruce Ward and Lane Ferguson alleging violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act. 

The suit states Paul began working for Nitro in January 2013 and in June 2017 she began to experience depression and anxiety that required her to take time off from work. She alleges that once she revealed her medical condition the defendants, her work was scrutinized and that she was treated harshly. Paul alleges in her suit that her supervisor, Ferguson, told her to "push through and get over it" regarding Paul's medical condition. Paul alleges her termination on Oct. 9, 2017, was unlawful. 

Paul seeks monetary relief, a trial by jury, interest and all other just relief. She is represented by Rodney Smith and Todd Bailess of Bailess Smith PLLC in Charleston. 

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Joseph Reeder.

Putnam Circuit Court case number 19-C-198

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