Work comp claim prompted firing, woman says

Kelly Holleran Mar. 5, 2010, 1:30am

A woman claims her former employer wrongly terminated her after she filed for workers' compensation.

Debra S. Frakes filed a lawsuit March 1 in Madison County Circuit Court against B&J Food Service Equipment of Missouri doing business as B&J Peerless Supply Restaurant.

Frakes claims she became injured while working for B&J on June 3. Although Frakes doesn't specify how her injuries occurred, she does say she applied for workers' compensation.

As a result of Frakes filing for workers' compensation, B&J fired her on June 12, the suit states.

Because of her termination, Frakes lost wages and experienced pain, suffering, humiliation, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of benefits, the complaint says.

In her two-count complaint, Frakes seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, compensatory damages of more than $50,000 and punitive damages of more than $50,000, plus attorneys' fees, costs and interest.

Thomas O. Falb of Williamson, Webster, Falb and Glisson in Alton will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-214.

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