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Former railroad engineer amends complaint alleging harassment caused heart attack

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jan 12, 2016

A former railroad engineer was ordered to file an amended complaint in his lawsuit, which alleges harassment by his supervisor and fear of physical contact caused him to suffer a heart attack.

Eddie McCandrew filed the lawsuit on Oct. 13 against the Illinois Central Railroad Company and its subsidiaries.

According to the complaint, McCandrew was an engineer with the Illinois Central Railroad Company. He alleges that while at work, he was harassed by his supervisor, which he claims caused his heart attack. Then when he returned to work, he claims his supervisor’s harassment continued. As a result, he was forced to resign, the suit states.

On Dec. 7, Circuit Judge Andrew Gleeson filed an order for McCandrew to file an amended complaint naming only Illinois Central Railroad Company as a defendant and dismissing its subsidiaries.

McCandrew filed his first amended complaint on Dec. 14 through attorneys Charles Armbruster and Michael Blotevogel of Armbruster Dripps Winterscheidt & Blotevogel in Maryville.

Gleeson scheduled a case management conference for May 31 at 9 a.m.

The plaintiff seeks damages of more than $50,000, plus court costs.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-582

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