A former registered nurse at Preston Memorial Hospital said he was fired because of his age and sued his former employer.\nThe suit was filed in Monongalia County Circuit Court by Gregory Sawyers and names Monongalia Health Systems Inc., which does business as Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital.\nThe Dominion Post reached out to PMH for comment about the lawsuit but did not receive a response in time for this report.\nSawyers, who is over 55, according to the lawsuit, worked at Preston Memorial Hospital from May 2011 to September 2018.\nHe was fired for allegedly committing an act of \u201cgross misconduct\u201d that required his termination, \u201callegedly in accordance with PMH policies,\u201d the suit stated. The suit does not describe the offense Sawyers was accused of and ultimately fired over.\nHowever, the suit does claim a \u201csubstantially younger\u201d employee did something similar and was not fired or disciplined. It said Sawyers\u2019 alleged offense was cover so he could be replaced by a younger employee.\nThe suit claims the hospital did not follow its written progressive discipline policy when it fired Sawyers and that he was fired by a different person than the one who hired him. The hospital \u201cconsistently failed to follow its own personnel and disciplinary policies,\u201d according to the suit.\nWorkforce West Virginia conducted a hearing and found that Sawyers did not commit any misconduct and could receive the unemployment benefits he filed for, the suit said.\nThe suit also describes a hostile work environment for the two years prior to Sawyers\u2019 firing.\nIt alleges that in addition to firing him for his age, the fact that he reported misconduct of Dr. Sanjay Bharti played a role in Sawyers\u2019 termination. Bharti was fired For major violations of medical and hospital regulations of Medicare and of West Virginia, including the offense which Sawyers complained about, the suit claims.\nThe suit asks Sawyers receive back pay, front pay and lost benefits. It also seeks damages for mental anguish, emotional distress, humiliation, aggravation, inconvenience and a damaged reputation, as well as punitive damages.