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Female employee accuses Joe Holland Chevrolet of discrimination

A long-term female employee with Joe Holland Chevrolet dealership filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against her former employer in Kanawha Circuit Court on June 30, 2017. In her lawsuit, she chronicles how, despite having been commended for high degree of professionalism on many occasions since starting work there 1995, her final contact with her bosses made her, as a woman, feel like a second class citizen.

To substantiate her claims, the woman describes an incident that occurred at the dealership on April 29, 2017. That day, the plaintiff's cousin and his wife reportedly visited the dealership to purchase a car. When they arrived there, they requested to speak with the plaintiff. She happened to be off work that day and so another salesperson, a male, was brought in help the couple make their purchase.

According to the plaintiff, the dealership had a policy in place whereby any employee that procured a warm sales lead would be paid 50 percent commission for the car sale. When the plaintiff came back to work on May 1, she reportedly asked the salesperson who closed the sale about her portion of the commission. She noted he became confrontational and said he didn't intend to honor the split commission policy.

Upon learning of his intentions, the plaintiff highlights how she went to speak with her male supervisor. Instead of addressing the matter at hand, he allegedly told her that the pants she was wearing violated the dealership's dress code. Despite having worn the same pair of pants to her job many times before, he instructed her she would need to go home to change them.

When she returned to work, she says a meeting was called in which she was told of her firing. She contends that her employer failed to provide the reason for her dismissal when asked. She also notes that it took the company until May 20 to remit her final paycheck to her.

The plaintiff claims that the dealership violated two different West Virginia laws, the Wage Payment and Collection and Human Rights Acts, by making the choices they did. The woman is seeking both punitive and compensatory damages in her case.

If you suspect that you've been treated differently by your employer from others on either racial, gender, religious or any other state- or federally-protected grounds, then a Charleston, West Virginia, employment law attorney can provide guidance in your legal matter.

Source: West Virginia Record, "Former employee sues Joe Holland Chevrolet for “frat house” mentality," Kyla Asbury, July 20, 2017

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