A Cahokia, Illinois man filed suit against his former employer, claiming he was terminated wrongfully after he filed for workers’ compensation benefits. According to the suit, the employee claims he worked for Allied Services from August 18, 2008, until November 12 when he was fired.
Prior to his termination, the man sustained accidental injuries on September 4 during his employment with Allied, according to the complaint filed May 24 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. After the injury, the worker reported to his employer, sought medical treatment, filed a claim, took time off work, and obtained benefits, according to the suit. The plaintiff is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs.
“On November 12, 2009, the Plaintiff was terminated from his employment with the Defendant in retaliation for exercising his rights under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act when he was terminated under the pretext of leaving work without notification and a reduction in the work force but was actually terminated due to his exercise of rights under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act since the absences were due to his work related injury,” the complaint states. (workersxzcompxzkit)
Due to his termination, the man said he lost substantial wages, lost his health and dental insurance coverage, lost his seniority and vacation and sick time, lost his 401(k) and pension benefits and experienced pain and emotional distress.
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