A Staunton man has filed suit against his former employer, alleging he was fired because he attempted to collect workers' compensation.

Louis Hogan claims he was working at Jack's 66 Auto Repair in Edwardsville on Nov. 30 when he filed a claim for a repetitive trauma he received from his work. By filing the claim, Hogan intended to take time off work and to seek treatment, according to the complaint filed Feb. 11 in Madison County Circuit Court.

However, on Dec. 1, Jack's terminated Hogan's employment, saying he could not work well with his co-workers, the suit states. In actuality, Jack's fired Hogan because of his workers' compensation claim, the complaint says.

Because of his termination, Hogan claims he lost wages; lost insurance coverage; lost seniority, vacation time and sick time; lost 401k benefits; and experienced pain, suffering and emotional distress.

In his two-count complaint, Hogan is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000 and punitive damages of more than $50,000, plus costs.

He will be represented by Thomas C. Rich and Kristina D. Cooksey of Fairview Heights.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-138.

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