CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A lawsuit claims a Kentucky woman who worked for an automall owned by a West Virginia gubernatorial candidate experienced sexual advances and was paid less than comparable male co-workers.
The lawsuit filed by the woman last month in Cabell County Circuit Court targets Bill Cole Automall and Gregory H. Rorrer, general manager of the Ashland, Kentucky dealership.
Owner Bill Cole, West Virginia Senate president, is the Republican nominee for governor.
The lawsuit says the woman was “physically assaulted in a sexual way” by another employee.
It claims Rorrer didn’t act or acted too late when she lodged complaints. It contends Rorrer lied to other auto companies to keep her from getting a job.
Cole campaign spokesman Kent Gates says the company’s management and attorney investigated the claims and are confident the case is without merit.
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