first_imgA former employee of Vancouver-based Barrett Business Services Inc. has filed a lawsuit against the human resources company, alleging it withheld income from him, violated his contract, misrepresented the terms of his employment and wrongfully fired him for reporting corrupt practices.Todd Krug, formerly a branch manager for the publicly-traded Barrett, filed the lawsuit in February in Clark County Superior Court. Krug seeks an unspecified amount in damages, including for back pay, prejudgment interest, future economic loss and compensation for emotional distress and mental anguish. He has requested a jury trial.Krug argues the company retaliated against him after he confronted managers “about fraud and illegal activity,” according to documents filed by his attorneys, Allyssa Hale and Duncan Turner with the Seattle-based law firm Badgley Mullins Turner. The retaliation included threatening to fire him for questioning any action or statement by Barrett CEO Mike Elich, documents show.In a response filed in March, Barrett denies the allegations and asks the court to dismiss Krug’s suit “with prejudice.” It also makes a counterclaim, accusing Krug of refusing to return a company-owned laptop computer and of taking or destroying hard copies of customer files belonging to Barrett. “There was just cause” for Krug’s firing, according to documents filed by the company’s attorney, Joseph Vance of the Vancouver office of the law firm Miller Nash. And Barrett “was damaged by plaintiff’s actions in an amount to be proven at trial.”Court documents show Krug responded in May, admitting he has the computer but denying he refused to return it. He also denied taking or destroying customer files. In June, he changed his earlier response, saying that he has customer files but rejecting that he declined to return them. Otherwise, Krug rejects the company’s accusations, which include “trespass to personal property.” He asks the court to dismiss the counterclaim “with prejudice.”last_img read more