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Former State School Superintendent Files Wrongful Termination Suit

A former West Virginia state superintendent is suing the state Board of Education and it's president for wrongful termination.

Former state superintendent Jorea Marple files a wrongful termination lawsuit against the Board of Education in 2013, saying that the board violated it's own open meeting laws and held meetings in secret to plan her ouster. The suit was filed in Federal court. Recently, Marple asked that the case be dismissed, and it was.

The new lawsuit is the same except it names the Board of Education and it's president, Wade Linger, of heading up the effort to push Marple out. In the lawsuit, Marple insists that her employment evaluations were exemplary and that there was no reasonable explanation for her firing.

In the lawsuit, Marple is asking for a hearing to determine the exact cause of her termination and to give her a chance to answer any allegations. She is also seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

Among her claims are that she has lost her reputation, her ability to gain employment elsewhere, has suffered mental anguish, and has had her personal and professional status damaged. She also alleges that the Board violated public policy in firing her.

Jorea Marple is the wife of former West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw.

If you have been the target of workplace harassment, discrimination or unfair termination, Bouchillon, Crossan & Colburn, L.C. represents clients in federal court and before the EEOC, MSPB and in state and union grievance hearings.

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