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CSX Railroad sued for allegations of wrongful termination

Kids used to dream about working for the railroad. For many, a job in this field may have provided the hope of long-term employment and a secure retirement. Unfortunately, as California residents are aware, the workforce changes frequently and many companies frequently do not appear to want to retain long-term workers. Recently, 46 ex-employees workers filed a wrongful termination suit against CSX Railroad.

According to the complaint filed in a federal district court, CSX terminated the workers after they sought to use their medical insurance for undisclosed illnesses. In addition to their attempts to utilize their benefits, they were denied the option of medical leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act that allows for time off due to illness, injury or family circumstances. The employees also allege that their private medical records were accessed by the company unlawfully.

The suit claims that the fired employees followed protocol by seeking medical care from area doctors and that the required documentation was submitted per company regulations by both workers and medical providers. CSX officials purportedly accused the workers of engaging in insurance fraud, and the employees were subjected to disciplinary meetings. The company also sent information regarding the claims to the Railroad Retirement Board, stating that the physicians were unnecessarily preventing employees from returning to active duty longer than medically necessary.

The affected workers came from the Huntington, West Virginia locomotion plant and are comprised of a variety of tradesmen, including machinists, electricians and welders. The company claims that the timing of the medical claims is suspicious. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court of Southern District of West Virginia. California workers who believe they have been a victim of a wrongful termination are entitled to seek the best resolution possible, and an experienced employment law attorney can review the case and help plan the best way forward. 

Source:, "Former CSX employees file wrongful termination lawsuit", Feb. 18, 2018

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