Hospital worker files retaliatory discharge suit

Kelly Holleran Nov. 10, 2008, 8:19am

A former St. Anthony's Health Center employee has filed suit against the corporation, alleging she was fired because she filed for workers' compensation benefits after she was injured at work.

Deborah K. Bolt was working on Nov. 13, 2007, when she was injured, according to the complaint filed Nov. 5 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Because of her injury, Bolt requested Illinois Workers' Compensation benefits, the suit states.

She was released for light duty work, but was terminated on Dec. 12, 2007, "because of her injury and for applying for workers' compensation benefits," the suit states.

Bolt claims she suffered lost wages and has been humiliated and embarrassed by her job loss.

She also incurred pain and suffering, according to the complaint.

Bolt is seeking a judgment in excess of $50,000, plus costs.

She will be represented by Thomas O. Falb of Williamson, Webster, Falb and Glisson in Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 08-L-1044.

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