A worker for Kansas City Southern Railway is suing the company for personal injury and slander after he was hurt on the job and then belittled in front of coworkers. The work accident happened in June of this year.
Armed with the Federal Employer Liability Act, Smith is suing KCS Railway for keeping an “old” and “poorly maintained” ballast car with “hard to open” doors in service and Adcock for slander.
According to the plaintiff’s original petition, on June 22 while working as a tamper operator, Smith was instructed to unload ballast out of a rail car. While using a bar to open the rail-car door to release the ballast, Smith suffered a back injury.
His supervisor told him he was a liar when informed of the injury in front of his coworkers. The man alleges he suffered severe back and nerve damage due to unsafe working conditions.
He is asking for damages for his medical care, his loss of work, and emotional distress. The case will be heard in Jefferson County District Court.
For more information on this subject matter, please refer to the section on Workplace Injuries and Discrimination.