Doyle LLP Trial Lawyers has filed suit against Jones Lumber Company (“Jones Lumber”) alleging harassment and wrongful termination stemming from Plaintiff’s report of an on the job injury.
Our client was a hard-working employee of Jones Lumber performing the job of a truck driver. On October 17, 2013 Plaintiff experienced significant pain in the lower back while carrying three approximately eighteen pound chains up a ladder. Our client reported this injury to supervisors, as the pain made our client’s job difficult to perform.
Instead of working with our client to address the injury, Jones Lumber terminated employment of Plaintiff due to missed time from work. The missed time occurred due to Plaintiff need to visit numerous doctors and back specialist with the hope of resolving his injury.
Following termination our client was still faced with the reality of a painful back and newly limited work prospects. MRI’s revealed significant wear and tear to the lower back of Plaintiff, most likely leading to the injury. A lot of this wear and tear is attributable to the years of manual labor our client performed while employed with Jones Lumber.
In effect, Jones Lumber has resolved themselves of responsibility for our client’s on the job injury. Those higher up in the company chose to terminate the employment of our client instead of assuring the necessary medical care required. Firing employees as the result of reporting an on the job injury is in direct violation of Texas’ Labor Code.
Labor laws exist to provide protection to employees that experience unfair or unjust treatment from their employers. In this case, the law dictates that Jones Lumber must work with Plaintiff to resolve his injury issues because the injury occurred during the course of dutiful labor. At Doyle LLP Trial Lawyers we are happy to help our client seek justice for this obvious wrong. If you or someone you know has gone through a similar wrongful termination experience with your employer do not hesitate to contact us today.