Construction company sued by worker claiming wrongful termination

Kelly Holleran Apr. 30, 2009, 8:13am

A Lenzburg man says he was wrongly fired from a construction company in retaliation for his filing of workers' compensation.

On April 28, Jack Grau filed a lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Bechtel Construction Company, saying he was involved in a job accident while working for the company in Lively Grove on July 16.

Because of the accident, Grau claims he was unable to work and was temporarily totally disabled. As a result of his injuries, Grau became entitled to workers' compensation, the complaint says.

However, after Grau filed for the workers' compensation, Bechtel fired him, according to court records.

As a result of his termination, Grau says he suffered a loss of income and benefits, mental and physical anguish and pain.

In the two-count suit, Grau is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs.

Jon E. Rosenstengel of Bonifield and Rosenstengel in Belleville will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-219.

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