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A Huntington woman is allegedly fired because of her sexuality

A former employee of the Huntington-based Special Metals Corp. has sued the company for wrongful termination. She alleges that she was let go from her laborer and crane operator role on June 9, 2016, moments after showing up to begin her third shift job at the company.

In her lawsuit, filed Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, she accuses the company and her superior of having let her go from her role, which she'd been at since January because of her sexual orientation.

She tells of how by March of that year, a new supervisor was hired to oversee her shift. The woman claims that both she and her boss got along well with one another initially when he started his new role. He'd even gone as far as to talk about how well she did her job and to say that he'd be happy to provide her with a recommendation for advancement.

Within a few weeks, though, the man's tone reportedly changed. He reportedly began taunting her with derogatory comments related to her sexual orientation. He began looking over her for advancement opportunities and instead started having her carry out what she alleges were more feminine cleaning jobs instead. She argues that this all coincided with him learning about her being a lesbian.

The escalation in poor treatment of the woman reportedly came at a time when she'd been putting in overtime in hopes of securing membership in the union.

On the fateful day of her dismissal from her job, she said that her superior came and got her, as he had on many occasions, and began walking her through the plant where she worked. She noted that she assumed he was assigning her to handle a different task that evening, as he'd done many times before. Instead, she says he informed her that she was being let go. She alleges that she wasn't provided with any reasoning for doing so.

As for the woman, she contends that her being let go from her job can only have to do with her superior learning of her sexuality in the weeks prior to it happening.

In her lawsuit, she's demanding that her job be reinstated and that she receive back pay.

If you've been treated unfairly on the job due to your gender or sexual orientation, then a Charleston, West Virginia, workplace discrimination attorney can advise you of your rights in your case.

Source: Chraleston Gazette-Mail, "Woman says she was fired due to sexual orientation," Erin Beck, Jan. 17, 2018

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