Lawsuit filed against JCESA

CHARLES TOWN — A former Jefferson County paramedic fired last year after 13 years on the job has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency.

The lawsuit filed last Wednesday in Jefferson County Circuit Court by Robert Shackelford alleges he was the victim of workplace harassment and fired in retaliation for filing a grievance complaint against JCESA Director Doug Pittinger.

Shackelford is seeking $34,417 in damages.

According to the lawsuit, Shackleford claims he was fired for insubordination after filing a grievance against Pittinger, was subsequently rehired and fired again in connection with a different complaint. Shackelford also claims he filed an appeal after the second termination, but was not given the option of having a hearing.

Shackelford was accused by Pittinger of insubordination after a student intern was twice found working with Shackelford after a 10 p.m. curfew and for falsifying JCESA records and documents regarding a training class he oversaw, according to the lawsuit.

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