Former Simons Petroleum Employee Sues for Wrongful Termination

According to the West Virginia Record, a Kanawha County man is suing Simons Petroleum, doing business as Maxum Petroleum, alleging he was wrongfully terminated from his position. Justin Terwilliger named Simons Petroleum, and Glen Summers, an employee of Maxum Petroleum, as defendants in the lawsuit.

Terwilliger claims he was employed by the defendants for approximately six years until that employment was terminated in November, 2010. Terwilliger’s employment attorney filed the complain in Kanawha Circuit Court, saying the former employee always consistently performed his duties in a satisfactory manner and met the defendants’ reasonable expectation during employment.

The plaintiff claims the defendants terminated his employment in retaliation for stating that he would give truthful testimony in another legal case against the defendants if he was called to testify. In the complaint, the plaintiff says the defendants’ actions constituted retaliatory discharge motivated by issues in violation of the substantial public policy of West Virginia, and that such actions caused the plaintiff indignity, embarrassment and humiliation. The former employee is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre-judgment interest.