Genco Supply worker says he was terminated after filing comp claim

Kelly Holleran Aug. 28, 2012, 11:47am

A Troy man claims his former employer wrongly terminated him after he filed for workers' compensation.

Eddie Adams filed a lawsuit Aug. 20 in Madison County Circuit Court against Genco Supply Chain Solutions.

In his complaint, Adams alleges he worked as a team leader and work flow leader for Genco when he was injured after someone pointed a laser beam at his eye on Aug. 24, 2010. As a result, Adams saw a doctor on four different occasions while taking no time off work, according to the complaint.

On Sept. 28, 2010, Genco was performing an investigation on one of Adams's co-workers. It asked Adams if he had seen the co-worker smoking cigarettes outside the facility, to which Adams replied that he had not.

Although Adams answered all of Genco's questions, the company claimed that he did not cooperate with its investigation, the suit states. Following the interrogation, Adams was fired, the complaint says.

"The discharge was done in a precipitous manner which has been extremely upsetting to the Plaintiff who has less power in the relationship between himself and the Defendant employer," the suit states. "Plaintiff was retaliated against by his supervisor which led up to plaintiff being terminated in retaliation for plaintiff's filing several complaints against the supervisor."

Adams claims he lost his job, in part, because of the workers' compensation benefits for which he applied and also because he had filed complaints of harassment against his supervisor.

Because of his termination, Adams suffered emotional distress and lost his enjoyment of life, according to the complaint.

In his three-count complaint, Adams seeks a judgment of more than $150,000.

Greg Roosevelt of Roosevelt Law Office in Edwardsville will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-1317.

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