Saturday, November 08, 2008

My Law Partner's Verdict For The Little Guy: $2.298Million

One of my law partners just completed a retaliatory discharge case in Alabama involving Dollar General.

A retaliatory discharge claim against an employer is generally allowed where an employee has been fired for exercising a right under state law, or the discharge of the employee violate public policy.

The former employee was allegedly fired from Dollar General after she reported an injury. Joey James said: "My client proved that Dollar General has a company policy that fines its’ managers $7500 for every employee injury reported from their store. The money comes straight out of the manager’s yearly bonus check.”

The former Dollar General employee hurt her hand on the cash drawer. It then became infected and her arm had to be amputated. Dollar General denied her worker's compensation claim three days after her arm was amuptated.

The jury deliberated less than three hours before reaching the $2,298,000 verdict.

This to me is a clear victory for all working men and women.