What would you rather deal with: a workers’ compensation claim or a wrongful termination lawsuit?
An automotive dealership in Illinois appears to have chosen the latter. Well, perhaps “chosen” is the wrong word—the company probably didn’t opt for a legal battle, but it’s not clear they took many steps to avoid one, either.
The Madison County Record reports that a woman is suing her former employer, Tri Ford Inc., for allegedly firing after she suggested the possibility of filing a workers’ compensation claim. Prior to her termination, Chelsea Marinacci had been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. She contends that within a week of discussing the issue and a workers’ compensation claim, she was let go. The lawsuit goes on to state that Tri Ford did not provide a reason or termination paperwork.
Now, Marinacci is seeking $50,000 in compensatory damages, as well as roughly half a million dollars in punitive damages.
Although there are details about the case we don’t yet know, employers looking to avoid a similar lawsuit can glean a few general takeaways: