Chad Scott, a former KT Maintenance employee, alleges in a recent lawsuit that he was fired for seeking a second opinion concerning a sprained ankle.
The suit was filed Feb. 6 in Jefferson County District Court.
According to the lawsuit, Scott was working for KT at the Motiva plant when he sprained his ankle. Both the company's nurse and doctor cleared him for full duty.
However, Scott sought the opinion of an independent doctor, who released him on light duty. When he returned to work requesting light duty, Scott was terminated.
Shortly before Scott sprained his ankle, he had missed numerous days of work with a bronchitis infection, the suit states.
Scott alleges KT violated the Texas Labor Code when it retaliated against him by firing him for suffering an on-the-job injury covered by worker's compensation.
He is suing for punitive damages.
Beaumont attorney John Morgan represents him.
Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is assigned to the case.
Case No. D191-879