According to the West Virginia Record, Harold L. Dobbins Jr. is suing Family Options Providers and EIN Resources for wrongful termination. Dobbins states in his filing that the company hired him in September 2005 as a chief executive officer. Dobbins took time off work due to surgery for bowel resection from June 2009 until September 2009. In May 2010, Dobbins informed the employer that he would be off work again for six weeks for hernia surgery, according to the suit.
On August 30, 2010, Dobbins alleges Cathy Walker walked into his office with a letter. She placed the envelope on his desk, stating that Dobbins was resigning from his position. Dobbins spoke with Walked in September regarding her request for his resignation. He refused to sign the letter and Walked fired him, according to the suit. Walked fired Dobbins without an explanation, claims the plaintiff.
Dobbins pressed the employer about his firing and asked for answers. According to the lawsuit, Walker admitted the fact that she fired Dobbins due to his advanced age and because he was going to be having hernia surgery, which Walked alleged would cost the company more money.
Dobbins is seeking compensatory and punitive damages claiming his employment was wrongfully terminated based on his age.