A man who claims he was fired for telling his boss that he was intending to file a claim for worker's compensation after injuring himself on the job filed a retaliatory discharge suit in Madison County Circuit Court March 20, seeking damages in excess of $50,000.

Mark Hunter claims Kevin Nowak, the owner of Granite City-based Contemporary Landscape, fired him on June 3, 2005, the same day Hunter hurt his back while pushing a lawn mower.

"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 states.

Hunter claims his wrongful termination has caused him to suffer damages including hourly wages, health insurance benefits and seniority.

He is represented by Morgan Scroggins of Granite City.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron.

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