A former employee of the city of Madison, Illinois has filed suit against the city claiming that after he sustained personal injuries on the job, he was wrongly fired after receiving benefits for workers’ compensation.

According to the claim filed in Madison County Circuit Court on December 10, on September 14, 2007, Courtney Burrell was operating a Bobcat as part of his work for the city and hit a live electrical wire while clearing debris from a stand-alone garage that had been demolished. The suit says that he filed a claim for workers’ compensation before being discharged.

The suit claims that on December 12, 2007, Burrell was terminated by the city because he allegedly did not have a valid commercial driver’s license.

Burrell said that he had a valid commercial driver’s license from Missouri and was not informed that he was required to obtain an Illinois CDL before his discharge. The suit says that he obtained an Illinois CDL after termination. The suit states that he claims his termination was due to filing a workers’ compensation claim. He seeks a judgment in excess of $50,000.

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