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Woman accuses former employer of gender, age discrimination

An ex-employee is suing a beverage company, citing alleged age and gender discrimination and wrongful terminatination.

The plaintiff filed a complaint in Putnam Circuit Court against Bottling Group, LLC for allege violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act.

According to the complaint, on June 15, 2018, after working for approximately 14 years at the defendants' company, the 54 -year old-plaintiff was discharged; she claims this was based on her age and gender.

The plaintiff claims that throughout her employment, she observed a pattern of older, long-term employees being terminated or forced to retire and replaced by younger employees known as "campus hires."

As a result of this policy, she claims, she suffered loss of her employment, wages, benefits and job security.

The plaintiff holds Bottling Group, LLC and their management responsible because they allegedly disciplined her more harshly than her male counterparts due to her gender and sex, and discharged her based in whole or in part on her age.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for damages in an amount to be determined by the jury, She is represented by Bobby Warner and Kameron Miller.

Car accident in snowy weather leads to 1 death, 2 injuries

A motor vehicle collision in West Virginia recently led to the loss of a man's life as well as injuries to two other individuals. The car accident took place along West Virginia 2. It apparently occurred in snowy weather on a Saturday afternoon.

According to police, the driver of a car was going north on the highway at around 4 p.m. and lost control of the motor vehicle. The car ended up crashing into a car that was headed south. The collision, which was reportedly nearly head on, occurred as snow started to cover the area.

Auto defects involving airbags spark Ford vehicle recall

Car owners in West Virginia might be impacted by a recent recall of Ford motor vehicles. The company has decided to recall over 950,000 automobiles due to concerns about defective airbags. Specifically, the airbags in the cars -- manufactured by Tanaka -- can explode, and the shrapnel caused by the explosions can cause injuries. More than 780,000 of the motor vehicles with the auto defects are reportedly in the United States.

The cars that are affected by the Ford recall include Ford Edge, Ranger, Fusion and Mustang automobiles. Also included are Lincoln MKX and Lincoln MKZ cars, as well as Mercury Milans. The automobiles that fall under the recall have model years ranging from 2010 to 2014.

Mechanic sues employer, says unsafe conditions caused serious injury

A mechanic is suing his employer, citing alleged failure to protect, deliberate intent and negligence.

The plaintiff filed a complaint in Putnam Circuit Court against Andritz Separation, Inc. alleging that it exposed him to unsafe working conditions.

According to the complaint, on Nov. 22, 2016, the plaintiff was working as a mechanic for the defendant when he was allegedly directed by his employer to assemble a centrifuge gearbox weighing approximately 300 pounds by lifting the unit with a crane.

Surgical errors spark lawsuit against eye surgery center

A woman in another state recently claimed that an eye surgery center made her eye condition worse following surgery. She has therefore decided to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the center. Patients in West Virginia who likewise suffer from surgical errors can seek justice through the civil court system.

In the recent out-of-state case, the plaintiff claimed that the eye surgery center she is suing performed a complex procedure involving cataract extraction as well as intraocular lens implantation in her right eye. However, following the procedure, the woman allegedly suffered inflammation and pain. In addition, her poor revision reportedly remained. The woman then underwent another procedure involving the removal of a lens fragment in her right eye.

Brain injury can affect young adults cognitively

Suffering head injuries can no doubt have an immediate impact on an individual in West Virginia. However, it can also have long-term cognitive effects. According to a recent study, this is particularly true for those who have suffered more than one brain injury.

New research shows that young adults who have suffered brain injuries -- or concussions -- may experience cognitive and brain activity changes. Specifically, these individuals may have a hard time shifting their thinking modes. This happens because the way in which the brain can communicate information changes.

Emerson thermostats are considered to be dangerous products

A recent thermostat recall may impact some homeowners in West Virginia and other states. Specifically, Emerson Sensi Wifi thermostats are being recalled because they have the potential to catch fire. These dangerous products were manufactured by the company White-Rodgers, which voluntarily issued the recall.

According to officials, the Emerson thermostat may become damaged due to contact between line voltage in a consumer's household and the thermostat's wires. This, in turn, may lead to fire. So far, eight people have reported property damage from these thermostats.

Car accident leads to death, injury in West Virginia

An individual's life was sadly cut short in a tragic motor vehicle crash in West Virginia. The two-car accident took place on a recent Sunday evening. Now, the victim's surviving family members are left to grapple with how and why the car accident occurred.

The car accident took place at about 6:20 p.m. along West Virginia 61 at an intersection. According to authorities, the drivers of both of the cars involved in the accident suffered injuries in the collision. One of them had to be extricated by fire officials prior to being taken to the hospital.

Alleged failure to bathe, inadequate staff spark lawsuits

Two nursing homes in another state have been accused of not properly caring for their residents and thus causing them harm or death. Specifically, they have been accused of the failure to bathe a resident as well as the failure to employ adequate staff. As a result, class-action suits have been filed against the two nursing homes. People in West Virginia who lose loved ones as a result of nursing home negligence likewise have the right to seek justice through the civil court system.

According to the lawsuits, the two nursing homes were putting their residents in danger due to the lack of staff. In addition, one man claimed that he lost his brother as a result of one of the nursing home's carelessness. He asserted that each time he would visit his brother at the home, his brother would be surrounded by filth.

Car accident leads to 1 death, 3 injuries

A man recently lost his life in a tragic collision in West Virginia. Now, his grieving loved ones are left wondering how the crash could have happened. The fatal car accident took place along U.S. Route 50 on a Sunday morning.

The crash occurred at about 7 a.m. Police said they were still investigating what exactly caused the crash. However, it did involve two cars, and led to one death and multiple injuries.

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