Lawsuit claims fired worker not 'team player'
By CLYDE FORD
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Royal Vendors worker who alleges he witnessed the sexual harassment of a female co-worker filed a lawsuit Friday claiming he was fired for not being a "team player" in defending the company against her lawsuit.
In his lawsuit, David Brackett Jr. said he witnessed the sexual harassment of Vicki Rhodes and attempted to stop it.
The suit names Royal Vendors, Director of Personnel Robert Kutcher and Supervisor Mark High as defendants.
Kutcher said he had not seen the lawsuit and declined to comment on it.
Brackett was fired on Tuesday from the company, according to the lawsuit.
"The alleged reason given by the defendants for the plaintiff's termination was a pretext for the defendants' true motivation, their unlawful reprisal against the plaintiff for his opposition to the sexual harassment of Vicki Rhodes, his aid and assistance to her in opposing their unlawful acts and practices, and his refusal to lie on behalf of the defendants as a 'team player,'" the lawsuit said.