A Los Angeles jury awarded $8.5 million recently to a woman who was fired from a Wilmington refinery after being injured on the job. The jury found in favor of Michele Daniel, who began working at the Tesoro refinery in 1989, and who was a shift supervisor when she hurt her knee in 2005. Ms. Daniel was placed on extended leave by her employer and later fired. Her lawsuit claimed the company should have given her back her original job or another that would accommodate her disability. Tesoro’s lawyers claimed Ms. Daniel was fired in 2009 when her condition didn’t improve and she either couldn’t perform or was unqualified for the jobs she sought. The jury rejected those claims and found in favor of the fired worker.
Source: Claims Journal
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