By PHIL KABLER
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Four employees who filed wrongful-termination lawsuits last year against West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner on grounds that they were fired because of their political affiliations have settled out-of-court for a total of nearly $1 million, their attorney said.
Eight other former employees have wrongful-termination cases set for trial, apparently after Warner objected to the state Board of Risk and Insurance Management settling the initial cases.
The settlements are: $500,000 to Cristie Hamilton, former elections specialist; $250,000 to Christina Stowers, receptionist; $115,000 to David Nichols, legal assistant; and $100,000 to Timothy Richards, business and licensing specialist, according to Mark Atkinson, one of four attorneys representing the fired employees.
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