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West Virginia man, fired from his job, wants to know why

A Fairmont, West Virginia, man is seeking answers as to why he was fired by FedEx and has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit.

The man has named FedEx Corporate Services and FedEx Ground Package System as defendants in the suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.

The man worked at the company from 2005 until 2016, first as an account executive, then a sales executive. He said that in 2005 he took over the account of a Kentucky-based tobacco company and asked his supervisors if it was legal to ship cigarettes.

He said he was told that the delivery of cigarettes was fine as long FedEx met tariff requirements.

Fast forward a decade.

The man said that in 2013, FedEx was involved in litigation in New York regarding cigarettes. In mid-2016, FedEx supervisors told the man that plaintiffs in New York sought to depose him and he was supposed to travel to Pittsburgh to meet with two company attorneys to prepare.

He said that about five weeks later, he was told he was being terminated because of the discussions he had during the preparation meeting for the deposition.

All he was told, he said, was that it his dismissal was related to the Kentucky account but that FedEx could not delve into the matter further because of the New York case, stating only he had violated policies that had to do with "acceptable conduct" and "ethics."

The man is asking for compensatory damages, punitive damages and his job back.

This employee deserves answers about his firing, and if the details are accurate as he describes, wrongful termination litigation appears justified.

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