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Worker claims he was fired unjustly after on-the-job injury

A West Virginia man claims that he was fired unjustly after he sustained an injury while he was at work. He filed a lawsuit against New River Electrical Corporation and Dynamic Electric LLC on grounds of wrongful termination. The lawsuit states that he was fired unjustly because he got hurt as he was working outside of what is considered his normal job description.

The plaintiff was working on a power plant job site where he was purportedly told that he would be instructed on his specific duties. According to the lawsuit, the man was not trained to work on substations, but was still ordered by the foreman to work outside of his training classification. The man also claims that he was threatened with termination if he did not comply with his job orders, despite the work being outside of his job classification.

At the power plant, he was instructed to change out parts on a transformer. While fulfilling this task, he sustained a shock and lost consciousness for a period of time. He was taken by emergency personnel to a hospital for medical treatment. Although he was later cleared to resume duty, he was placed on suspension and eventually, he was fired because he was working outside of his classification.

The West Virginia man is seeking compensation for damages sustained and lost wages. His employer allegedly refused to pay for his medical expenses under workers' compensation benefits and he missed two months of work. In order to successfully prove that he deserves financial compensation, the plaintiff should produce a preponderance of evidence validating his claims that he was fired unjustly.

Source: The West Virginia Record, "Mason Co. man files wrongful death termination suit", April Bamburg, Aug. 30, 2014

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