LOGAN – A Logan County man is suing his former employer over claims of discriminatory and retaliatory actions.

Steven Brandon Miller filed a lawsuit in Logan Circuit Court against Lightning Contract Services, alleging unlawful retaliatory discharge.

The suit states Miller worked for the defendant as a general laborer. On June 12, 2013, Miller suffered a serious injury while at work and filed a workers' compensation claim that was held "compensable."

Miller notified the defendant that his physician requested he be off work until July 15, 2013. On July 12, 2013, the defendant called Miller and said his services as an employee were no longer required.

Initially, the suit states, Miller received no formal reason for his termination, but later, the defendant informed him he was terminated because of the downturn in the economy. However, the suit alleges, the defendant hired six additional general laborers as of about September 2013.

The suit alleges the defendant's actions constitute unlawful retaliatory discharge motivated by Miller's temporary disability and attempt to receive workers' compensation benefits. Miller seeks damages including lost wages and punitive damages, plus interest and attorney fees and costs.

Miller is represented by attorney Kendal E. Partlow of Blair Law Offices in Logan. The case is assigned to Circuit Judge Roger L. Perry.

Logan Circuit Court case number 15-C-162

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