Carol Ostrow Aug. 25, 2015, 1:17pm


A St. Clair County man is suing a heating and air conditioning business, alleging unlawful termination following a workplace injury for which he claims required medical leave.

Alan Janning filed a lawsuit on Aug. 13 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against C & K Heating and Cooling Inc., alleging retaliatory discharge following his leave of absence after a 2014 workplace accident.

According to the complaint, Janning filed a worker’s compensation claim with the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission on Dec. 31, 2014, purportedly for injuries incurred on the job on Nov. 26, 2014. In his lawsuit, he claims he was wrongfully fired upon his return May 11, 2015.

The suit states Janning sustained lost income and benefits, damage to his reputation and mental anguish as a direct and proximate result of the defendant’s actions.

The plaintiff alleges his discharge was wrongful, willful and in violation of his legal rights.

Janning seeks more than $50,000, plus attorney fees and costs. He is represented by attorney Eric Kirkpatrick of Kirkpatrick Law Offices in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-455.

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