W.Va. Woman Says She Was Fired for Facebook Post

By: West Virginia AP Email
By: West Virginia AP Email

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) -- A secretary who says she was fired over a Facebook posting made from her home computer and on her own time is suing a West Virginia sheriff's department for federal civil rights violations.

Sonya Olako says she was fired last year because she told people to avoid a Wheeling restaurant owned by a friend of her boss, Ohio County Sheriff Patrick Butler.

She originally sued Butler and the County Commission in circuit court in March. The case has been moved to U.S. District Court.

Butler declined comment Tuesday. County Administrator Greg Stewart didn't immediately return a message.

Olako contends her rights to free speech, due process and a speedy trial were violated.

Her lawsuit accuses county officials of breach of contract, intentional infliction of emotional distress and wrongful discharge.


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