Employee Alleges Termination for Workers' Compensation Claim

16 May, 2019 Liz Carey

                               

Collinsville, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) – A former employee of the City of Collinsville filed a lawsuit against the city for wrongful termination in late April.

According to court documents, Todd Gries alleges the city retaliated against him after he was injured on the job and filed a workers’ compensation claim.

Gries said in his court filings that he started working for the city as a laborer in 2007. In time, he was promoted to waterline crewman, and then to waterline serviceman. In March 2017, he said, he was injured on the job.

Laura Schrick, attorney for Gries, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Gries said in his complaint that he filed for medical leave and workers’ compensation to which he is entitled under the Workers’ Compensation Act. But while on medical leave, he was denied a promotion he applied for despite being well qualified for the position.

When he returned to work, he said, he was disciplined for poor work performance and ultimately terminated for being late to work.

Gries is seeking a trial by jury, and $50,000 in wages, benefits and compensation.

The Human Resources Assistant for the City of Collinsville did not immediately return calls for comment.


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