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BNSF Railway faces suit after employee claims he was fired for suffering an on-the- job injury

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By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2020

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GALVESTON — A former BNSF Railway conductor is alleging he was fired for missing work due to an on-the-job injury. 

Lloyd Carter filed a complaint Feb. 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas against BNSF Railway Company alleging violation of the Federal Rail Safety Act and Federal Employers Liability Act. 

Carter began working for BNSF on May 23, 2003. While performing a roll-by inspection a passing train on Feb. 9, 2018, Carter suffered exposure to a "caustic lime powder" from a defective rail car and suffered irritation. He claims that despite BNSF verbally telling him he would not be disciplined for missing work due to the accident, he faced attendance violations and was fired on April 11, 2018. 

Carter seeks monetary relief, trial by jury and all other proper relief. He is represented by Gregory Paul of Morgan & Paul PLLC in Pittsburgh. 

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas case number 3:20-CV-00042

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