Angelino Menconi Dec. 21, 2015, 2:23pm


A worker is suing a Madison County energy company, alleging it falsely said he failed a drug test in retaliation for filing a workers compensation claim.

Alex Galluzzo filed a lawsuit Oct. 5,  in St, Clair County Circuit Court against URS Energy and Construction International, alleging retaliatory discharge and defamation.

According to the complaint, on Oct. 30, 2013, Galluzzo, was terminated by URS Energy following his filing of a workers compensation lawsuit May 21, 2013. The suit says the defendant wrongfully alleged to others that Galluzzo had failed a drug test, and that this false assertion defamed the plaintiff's reputation and character.

Galluzzo seeks lost wages, lost benefits and damages of more than $50,000. He is represented by attorneys James DeFranco and Paige Elbe of DeFranco & Bradley PC in Fairview Heights.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-1284 

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