PENSACOLA, FL. May 14, 2022. The City of Pensacola has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle an employment discrimination claim filed by a former employee. The City also agreed, as part of the settlement, to deem the termination as a retirement by the employee instead. This cleans up the employee’s record, and removes any potential stain from an unjust termination.
Jim Garrity was lead trial counsel for the employee.
The claimant was a long-time, faithful, and highly qualified employee of the City. He suffered an on-the-job injury, which forced him to miss time from work. During his absence, the lawsuit alleged, city managers went looking for a reason to terminate him. And they did so. The lawsuit alleged that the city was motivated by the expenses associated with his workers’ compensation claim, and by the physical limitations the employee suffered as a result of the injury.
Our firm represents many employees who are retaliated against after suffering an on-the-job injury, and after seeking worker’s compensation benefits. Even a single worker’s compensation claim can increase the insurance costs of the employer. For this reason, many employers first discourage employees from reporting their injuries. For those employees who insist on asserting their rights to benefits, the employers often target them for false discipline and even termination. As shown here, the law provides employees powerful remedies for such illegal employer conduct.
If you suffered what you believe to be wrongful conduct by an employer, please contact us for a free, confidential consultation at 800-663-7999.