Reuben Shemwell http://wkyufm.org en Court Orders Kentucky Mine Operator to Abandon Lawsuit http://wkyufm.org/post/court-orders-kentucky-mine-operator-abandon-lawsuit <p>A Kentucky coal company must withdraw a lawsuit it filed against a former worker who complained he was discriminated against, an administrative court in Washington has ruled.</p><p>Armstrong Coal filed a lawsuit in Muhlenberg County in August against Reuben Shemwell, who was fired from the company's Parkway Mine in 2011.</p><p>Shemwell had already taken his own legal action against the company by filing a federal discrimination complaint, arguing that he was let go for complaining about safety hazards. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has said Armstrong Coal's suit violated the section of a federal law designed to protect miners who file discrimination complaints.</p><p>The company accused Shemwell of wrongfully using civil proceedings, and said Shemwell was terminated for using his phone too much on the job. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 23:05:45 +0000 Associated Press 32944 at http://wkyufm.org