It took 14 years, but a large utility company finally put a retaliatory discharge dispute to rest with the assistance of Johnson & Bell Shareholders, John W. Bell and William A. Geiser. The dispute began almost immediately following the plaintiff’s termination by the utility company in 2004. The plaintiff filed suit, claiming retaliatory discharge as he had workers’ compensation petitions pending at the time he was terminated. He sought more than $7 million in compensatory and punitive damages. During the two-week trial, the defense countered that the workers’ compensation claims were not relevant to plaintiff’s discharge, and did not “immunize” him from termination of employment. Consistent with Illinois case law, the defendants articulated a valid “non-pretextual” basis for the termination, and the judge accepted it, resulting in judgment in defendants’ favor.
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