Former corner market employee alleges wrongful termination

A former employee of a corner market is suing after she was allegedly fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim.

The employee, Rebecca Valle, claims she was terminated some time after she was injured while working at Curly’s Corner Market in Granite City.

Valle filed suit in Madison County Circuit Court against the market and its manager, Amber Ronk.

When contacted by the Record, Ronk was not available to comment.

Valle claims she injured on the job in July 2018 and was fired two months later as retaliation for filing for workers compensation beenfits.

“There’s a clear mandate of Illinois public policy prohibiting the discharge of an employee for a workers’ compensation claim,” the complaint states.

“As a result of the retaliatory discharge, plaintiff should be awarded past lost wages and future loss of earnings and loss of benefits,” it continues.

Valle also seeks damages for past and future “pain and suffering,” damages for “emotional trauma, and punitive damages. She is asking for a judgment in her favor of more than $50,000.

This article was first published by Madison Record.

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