Doyle Dennis LLP recently filed a suit against S & B Engineers and Constructions, LTD., and The Lubrizol Corporation. Doyle Dennis LLP’s client was jointly employed by S&B and Lubrizol. On or about January 9, 2023, a chlorine tank owned and/or operated by Lubrizol exploded near Doyle Dennis LLP’s client as a result of a disc rupturing in the tank, exposing Doyle Dennis LLP’s client to hazardous chemicals released from the tank after it exploded.
As a result of the tank explosion, Doyle Dennis LLP’s client suffered serious physical injuries to the head, face, and body generally. The client also experienced an inability to breathe and a serious headache, and liquid coming out of his nose, mouth, and ears.
After the incident, Doyle Dennis LLP’s client reported the injuries to S&B, however, in response Doyle Dennis LLP’s client’s reports, the defendants began to take discriminatory actions against Doyle Dennis LLP’s client, leading to Doyle Dennis LLP’s client being wrongfully fired less than three weeks after the explosion. This suit is necessitated by the defendants’ discriminatory misconduct and retaliatory discharge of Doyle Dennis LLP’s client for seeking worker’s compensation benefits and/or instituting a proceeding or causing to be instituting a proceeding under the Texas Worker’s Compensation Act, including reporting that he suffered an on-the-job injury to his employer under Texas Labor Code 409.001. The defendants’ claimed basis was and is always a pretext for illegal and wrongful misconduct and the firing was in violation of the Texas Labor Code. The defendants knew of Doyle Dennis LLP’s client’s compensable on-the-job injury. Indeed, S&B completed a Texas Workers’ Compensation Work Status Report. After Doyle Dennis LLP’s client reported his on-the-job injury, the defendants fabricated various pretextual grounds for wrongfully and maliciously firing Doyle Dennis LLP’s client as a result of his on-the-job injury and resulting claim for lawful benefits.
Employers should not (and may not) fire or otherwise discriminate against employees such as Doyle Dennis LLP’s client after their employee suffered an injury on the job and pursued protected activity under Labor Code Section 451.001. Texas law, including Texas Labor Code Section 451.001, provides a cause of action for discriminatory misconduct and retaliation against a worker injured on the job.
Doyle Dennis LLP’s client is entitled to actual damages, punitive damages, and mental anguish, pain and suffering, exemplary damages, and other penalties provided by law, resulting from the defendants’ violations of the law. Doyle Dennis LLP’s client seeks damages within the jurisdictional limits of this court. Currently, Doyle Dennis LLP’s client seeks monetary relief in an amount over $1,000,000. Doyle Dennis LLP’s client reserves the right to modify the amount and type of relief sought in the future.
Doyle Dennis LLP is proud to represent employees who were wrongfully terminated by their employer. If you have experienced discrimination or retaliation due to becoming injured on-the-job, call us for a free evaluation of your potential legal claim.