A former ASI Piping employee has filed suit against the company, claiming it illegally fired him after he pursued his workers' compensation rights.

Rolando Pompa claims he sustained severe and permanent injuries while working on Oct. 9, 2006, according to a complaint filed Oct. 20 in Jefferson County District Court.

Pompa initially went to the company doctor, but was forced to sit in the safety shack for two weeks, the suit states.

Pompa claims he then went to see his own doctor on Oct. 20 and was placed on light duty.

He was terminated Oct. 22 in apparent retaliation for his exercising of his worker's compensation rights, according to the complaint.

Because he was fired, Pompa has suffered emotional pain, inconvenience, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life, the suit states.

He is seeking unspecified damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, court costs and other relief to which he is entitled.

Clint Brasher of Beaumont will be representing him.

Jefferson County District Court case number: D182-561.

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