Work comp claim led to discharge, suit says

Kelly Holleran Jul. 11, 2012, 2:14am

A man claims he lost his job after filing for workers' compensation benefits.

Lamont Carter alleges he was working for defendant UTI Integrated Logistics on Aug. 24, 2010, when he severely injured his neck while pulling on a chain on a dock plate. Following his injury, Carter filed for workers' compensation benefits, according to the complaint filed July 2 in Madison County Circuit Court.

When he returned to work, Carter was placed on light duty and had permanent restrictions on his work ability, the suit states. In turn, he was terminated on Sept. 14, 2010, the suit states.

"The plaintiff's termination in retaliation as a result of his claim under the Illinois Worker's Compensation Act was void as against the public policy of Illinois," the complaint says.

Because of his job loss, Carter claims he lost wages, health insurance, benefits and seniority.

He is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000.

He will be represented by Morgan Scroggins of Scroggins Law Office in Granite City.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-928.

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