ORLANDO – An Orange County man alleges he was wrongfully terminated after filing a workers' compensation claim.
Michael Duclos filed a complaint on June 2 in the 9th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida - Orange County against Circle K Stores Inc. alleging violation of the Florida Civil Rights Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff began working for the defendant as a clerk and assistant manager in July 2006. The suit states that in July 2015, he suffered an open fracture to a finger while putting deposits in bank dropbox and later filed a workers' compensation claim. The suit states he was terminated Aug. 3, 2015. He alleges that he was terminated because of his workers' compensation claim and because he is disabled/handicapped.
The plaintiff holds Circle K Stores Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly acted in reckless disregard of the statutory rights of plaintiff and terminated plaintiff's employment based on his disability or its perception of plaintiff as a disabled person.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in his favor, reemployment/reinstatement, back pay, unpaid wages, front pay if not reinstated, and compensatory and punitive damages, attorney's fees and costs. He is represented by Richard Celler and Noah E. Storch of Richard Celler Legal PA in Davie.
9th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida - Orange County case number 17-CA-5086