Former Anti-Poverty Director Sues for Wrongful Termination

According to the West Virginia Record, Kelly C. Davis filed a lawsuit against the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity for wrongful termination. The former director of a state anti-poverty agency alleges the agency fired her after voicing concerns about misuse of funds.

Davis claims in her filing that during her employment with the agency she performed her duties in a satisfactory manner but was willfully, maliciously and unlawfully terminated. Davis worked for the agency as its deputy directory for almost two years, according to the Charleston Daily Mail. Davis worked out of the Buckhannon office and conducted inspections of agency-funded projects across the state.

Davis claims she receives several accolades at her job, including kudos from then Governor Joe Manchin.

According to the complaint, Davis voices concerns over how the agency allocated grant money that may have violated both federal and state laws. The lawsuit does not provide specifics of how funds were distributed or for what purpose. The lawsuit does allege that Davis received termination in retaliation for expressing her concerns.

Davis is seeking damages for $1 million for her lost wages and benefits, as well as indignity, embarrassment and humiliation. Davis is also asking the court for a judgment to have the defense pay for her attorney fees and court costs.


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