Fayette County school bus driver Rick Malay and the Fayette County Board of Education are being sued by a high school student. Lisa (name has been altered for her privacy) alleges that she was repeatedly sexually harassed by Mr. Malay while riding the bus to and from school. The incidents began with inappropriate comments and ogling.
When Lisa reported the problem to her principal, she was actually forced to apologize to Malay, who claimed she began making disrespectful comments first. The situation only got worse from there, and eventually Lisa felt pressured to meet with Malay in private, where the alleged sexual conduct took place. Fearful of repercussions and humiliation, Lisa kept to herself while the harassment continued.
After word of Malay’s and Lisa’s interactions started to spread around the school, she was bullied so consistently that she had to switch to homeschooling. It was around this time that the allegations were brought to the police department’s attention through an anonymous tip.
(You may learn more details about this news story here in an article published by the West Virginia Record.)
Seeking Justice and Fair Compensation
Although this case originates from events back in 2012, the matters are still yet unresolved. A criminal conviction for Malay sentenced him to 10 to 20 years in prison, but it does not grant Lisa and her family any direct compensation for the suffering and humiliation Lisa experienced. To try to recover compensatory and punitive damages, she brought her story to DiTrapano Barrett DiPiero McGinley & Simmons, PLLC, where West Virginia injury attorney Lonnie C. Simmons took up the case. Our legal team is currently investigating the claims and doing all we can to help our client find peace of mind after what must have been a most troubling of ordeals.
If you would like to know more about the representation we provide to our clients, you can call us toll-free at888.918.4761 today. You can even start out by filling out a free online case evaluation form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.