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John L. Shahdanian II and Amanda E. Jackson successfully defend Anazco Trucking Company in wrongful termination case

John L. Shahdanian II and Amanda E. Jackson successfully defend Anazco Trucking Company in wrongful termination case -

John L. Shahdanian II and Amanda E. Jackson of CL&L’s Labor and Employment Department, successfully defended Anazco Trucking Company, a regional freight distributer, against a former employee who claimed wrongful termination because of disability.  The plaintiff, who sustained a foot fracture while unloading an Anazco truck, claimed that Anazco’s decision to fill his position a week after the accident constituted disability discrimination.

The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination prohibits an employer from discharging an employee because of a disability, among other things.  At trial in Hudson County before the Hon. Francis B. Schultz, the plaintiff argued that his submission of his medical records constituted a request for an accommodation and for a temporary medical leave.  In returning a verdict for Anazco, the jury found that the plaintiff was terminated for legitimate reasons and that he never made the employer aware of his need for an accommodation.