A West Virginia woman has filed a lawsuit against Little General Store, claiming that she was wrongfully terminated from her job. The claimant was hired in 2013 as a member of a shift crew, and she was eventually promoted to shift manager. In 2014, she was promoted again to assistant store manager. Stating that she began experiencing harassment shortly after she began her employment, she alleges that she was eventually fired unjustly.
When the victim reported the harassment to her former employer, it was laughed off by the management and ignored. The hostile environment worsened over time, culminating as a manager falsely accused the claimant of participating in a sexual relationship with another employee. The manager then threatened to report the fictitious relationship to the claimant's husband.
After a period of unwanted remarks and threats regarding the non-existent relationship between the claimant and another employee, the woman was fired. The store claims that she was terminated due to stealing, but she maintains that she never took anything from the store. She is seeking damages for emotional distress that she endured while working in a hostile environment as well as other compensatory damages.
In West Virginia, employees have the right to a work environment that is free from harassment and inappropriate behaviors. When a person is fired unjustly, it is within his or her rights to seek compensation for emotional and financial losses. Employers can be liable for promoting or allowing a hostile environment, and an experienced lawyer can ensure that victims' rights are protected and their best interests are represented.
Source: wvrecord.com, "Woman accuses Little General Store of wrongful termination", Kyla Asbury, Jan. 20, 2016