Five Things You Need to Know: 9/24, Monday Edition

                               

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1) TN Football Player Refused to Enter Game this Weekend; Instructed to Get Off the Field

Refusing to work can happen outside the office too. TN linebacker Quart’e Sapp refused to get into the Sunday game vs. FL this weekend, saying he wasn’t going to play, per the Knoxville News Sentinel, writes Robert Gearly of Fox News. Volunteers Coach Jeremy Pruitt promptly reacted, asking him to get off the sidelines if he wasn’t going to play, and expressed some frustration to the media outlet about “how things were done” when someone actually says they aren’t going out on the field at game time. “…Sapp vied to be a starting linebacker in the spring, but got beat out by two teammates, according to the News Sentinel. He is a top reserve. He made no public comment about the incident Saturday,” writes Gearly. “Buffalo Bills cornerback Vontae Davis, 30, generated national headlines when he retired at halftime during last Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.”

2) Olympic Medalist to Speak at NWCDC 2018

The National Workers' Compensation & Disability Conference (NWCDC) is scheduled to take place Dec. 5-7, 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, according to its website. The keynote speaker will be “…seven-time Olympic medalist Shannon Miller,” who “…will kick things off with a motivating look at how the gold-medal mindset helps overcome challenges and inspires success, whether on the competition floor or in the workplace.” A new “Orientation Session” will take place at the beginning of that week, to get attendees old and new acquainted with how the conference works, including tips and tricks to get through the sessions with some extra background and knowledge. To register, and for more information, click here. Check back to WorkersCompensation.com as the event gets closer, and as more details emerge.

3) FL: Air Conditioner Service Person Alleges Dog Bite on the Job Led to Serious Injuries

Emmanuel Espada Cardec of Orlando has filed a lawsuit against Arick Hicks and Ruben Soto, alleging he was bit by their pit bull in 2015 while working on their air conditioning, writes Noddy A. Fernandez of the Florida Record. “…He claims he was bitten on his arm and hand, causing severe injuries,” per the article. “The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in excess of $15,000 exclusive of costs, interest, costs and prejudgment interest for that portion of the compensatory damages, and any other relief.”

4) Medstar in Hot Water over Employee Accommodation Dispute

The EEOC has filed a lawsuit against Washington Hospital Center Corporation DBA MedStar Washington Hospital and MedStar Health, Inc., (together MedStar), alleging they didn’t accommodate a patient care tech who hurt her knee while on the job, writes Marian Johns of Legal News Line. “…According to the EEOC, the worker was told she could no longer work in her department, and when she applied for other positions for which she was qualified, she was made to compete with other applicants instead of being reassigned to one of the other positions because she might need future knee surgery.” The EEOC requests “permanent injunctive relief” in prohibiting any more discrimination of this kind, damages, lost wages and compensation.

5) Alleged Asbestos Exposure in the Spotlight Again, This Time in MO 

St. Louis resident Oscar Oppegard has filed a lawsuit against Agco Corp., Deere & Co., ITT Corp., et al., alleging he was exposed to asbestos while on the job from 1961 to the early 1970s, writes Lhalie Castillo of the St. Louis Record. He also alleges this led to his lung cancer diagnosis. “…According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that at various times during his career life at locations in North Dakota and Minnesota, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the defendants,” per the article. Oppegard requests damages at $50G or more, interest, costs, and any other relief.


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