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Ex-Refinery Worker Awarded $8.5M

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Tyler Kirchoff5 years ago

A female oil company supervisor who was fired after sustaining a disabling knee injury while on the job was recently awarded $8.5 million in a wrongful termination lawsuit.

Worker Was Injured On the Job

  • The woman was working at a Wilmington, California Tesoro plant when she injured her knee on the job in 2005.
  • According to reports, the knee injury left her disabled. She was placed on an extended leave of absence in 2007 and then terminated in 2009 when her condition failed to improve.
  • The company claimed that the woman was unable to perform the duties of, or was not qualified for, the job she sought.
  • The woman filed a wrongful termination lawsuit, claiming that Tesoro should have given her original position back or given her another that would accommodate her injury.
  • After two days of deliberation, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded the woman $8.5 million.

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