Former employee accuses Granite City business of wrongful termination

By The Madison County Record | Oct 5, 2016

EDWARDSVILLE — A Madison County man is suing a Granite City company for allegedly terminating him after he sought workers' compensation benefits.

Ronald Geiser filed a lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court against River's Edge Terminals LLC and Ken Owens, alleging they failed to comply with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act.

According to the complaint, on July 2, 2014, Geiser claims he sustained injuries at work. As a result, the suit says, he requested compensation benefits from River's Edge. Instead, the lawsuit states, he was discharged Aug. 21, 2014, causing him to suffer lost wages and fringe benefits, emotional trauma and other consequential and incidental damages. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants discharged him for requesting worker's compensation benefits, and that Owens provided inaccurate information and made the malicious decision to terminate him.

Geiser seeks trial by jury, judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs of suit, pre-judgment interest and all other relief the court deems proper. He is represented by attorneys Michael J. Brunton and Mary M. Stewart of Brunton Law Offices PC in Collinsville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-1185

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