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Gay miner sues Massey


A gay coal miner is suing a Massey Energy Co. subsidiary, charging that management didn’t protect him from abusive coworkers.

The lawsuit names Massey’s Spartan Mining Co. and a foreman at a Kanawha County mine as defendants.

Miner Sam Hall claims in the lawsuit filed in Kanawha County Circuit Court that that he was subjected to verbal abuse and lewd gestures, and his car was vandalized at several Massey mines between 2005 and 2010.

Massey general counsel Shane Harvey told The Charleston Gazette

the charges are “despicable” and if true the company will take action.

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