A wrongful termination lawsuit from outside our state of Florida shows the great lengths to which some companies will go to retaliate and punish their employees. The case is out of West Virginia and involves a locomotive company called CSX.
46 former employees filed the lawsuit against CSX after they were fired in 2017. They allege a number of serious charges, such as retaliation for using their health insurance, exposing the employees' medical records, and barring them from taking medical leave that is allowed under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). All of the workers are blue collar individuals who by all accounts were trying to get medical treatment for injuries they suffered while performing their jobs.
CSX seems to be alleging a grand conspiracy, as the employees went to see the same medical professionals to get treatment, and they thought the treatment they received and the timing of the injuries was "highly suspicious."
The 46 people suing CSX want back pay and other damages to remedy the situation. We will see how this case proceeds in the coming weeks and months.
It feels like there is a never-ending supply of these stories in the news these days, but the lesson remains the same: companies aren't always going to act in the best interests of their employees. All employees can do, given this reality, is protect their rights and stand up for interests.
Source: WSAZ News Channel 3, "Former CSX employees file wrongful termination lawsuit," Accessed Feb. 22, 2018