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Former VA cashier fires wrongful-termination suit

January 25, 2000|By BRENDAN KIRBY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County woman has filed a $1.3 million wrongful termination suit against the Veterans Canteen Service at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, claiming she was never trained how to do her job.

Patricia Britton claims in documents filed in Berkeley County Circuit Court that she was fired from her job in September 1998 after an internal audit revealed improper and erroneous cash register transactions.

The improper transactions resulted in $3,300 lost revenue, court documents state.

But Britton, who had worked for the service since 1995, alleges she "was never fully trained by those in management at Canteen Services on the correct way to compile information concerning all cash register transactions."

"It was only during the '98 internal audit that (Britton) learned exactly how her canteen records, regarding cash register transactions, were to be maintained," the suit claims.

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The suit alleges that Britton was dismissed without a full and fair investigation and that she never was offered the opportunity to be rehired.

The suit asks for $300,000 in compensatory damages for lost income, loss of economic opportunity, mental anguish and damaged reputation. It also seeks $1 million in punitive damages.

Ty Wallace, manager of the Veterans Canteen Service, declined to comment on the suit.

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