A man claims his employer terminated him after he filed for workers' compensation benefits.

Justin A. Nasello filed a lawsuit Feb. 15 in Madison County Circuit Court against GBC Metals doing business as Olin Brass.

In his complaint, Nasello claims he was working for Olin Brass on July 18 when he sustained injuries. Due to his injuries, Nasello filed for workers' compensation, according to the complaint.

After Nasello requested the benefits, Olin Brass fired him, the suit states.

"The defendant herein knowingly, willfully and wantonly and with a callous disregard for the rights and welfare of the plaintiff, discharged the plaintiff from its employment by way of punishment for the continued pursuit of his rights under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act," the complaint says.

Because of his job loss, Nasello claims he lost income and benefits, suffered from mental anguish and sustained pain.

In his two-count complaint, Nasello is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs.

Jon Rosenstengel of the Law Offices of Bonifield and Rosenstengel in Belleville will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-211.

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