From Stellar Review To Fired In Boca Raton, Just Days After Filing Workers’ Compensation Claim.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — An employee of Rocco’s Tacos in Boca Raton claims that he was fired after sustaining a critical injury on the job, then filing a workers’ compensation claim with the State of Florida.
According to the suit just filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, James Keutmann was a star employee at Rocco’s at Boca Center, working for the restaurant from May of 2013 through June 24th of 2021. Keutmann, according to the suit, was the general manager of the Boca Raton Rocco’s Tacos at the time he was fired.
The suit states that Keutmann suffered a serious injury on the job in May of 2020.
“Specifically, a large paper cutting machine hit Plaintiff on his head causing headaches, neck, and back pain. Plaintiff timely informed Defendant of his injury and sought benefits through workers’ compensation.”
Keutmann continued on the job, receiving treatment for the injuries — working all the way through the COVID crisis. But, wrote attorneys:
“On or around May 2021, Keutmann met with Plaintiff and gave him a stellar annual review and a merit raise. A few weeks later, on or around June of 2021, Defendant had a second meeting with Plaintiff to discuss resolving his workers’ compensation claim. Soon afterward, on or about June 24, 2021, Diane del Canal from (Rocco’s Taco’s) human resource department, along with Pete Vittas (director of operations), called Plaintiff and advised that Plaintiff was no longer employed as of that day.”
The lawsuit alleges discrimination, stating “there is no, non-discriminatory reason for the Defendant’s decision to terminate Plaintiff. Defendant terminated Plaintiff because of his valid claim for compensation under the Workers’ Compensation Law.”
The suit seeks in excess of $30,000 — the statutory minimum for filing in Palm Beach County Circuit Court.
Rocco’s Tacos, which has several locations statewide and operates under the name “Boca Taco, LLC,” did not immediately file a response to the suit.
Keutmann is represented by Charles Eiss of the Law Offices of Charles Eiss, P.L., in Plantation.
Read the complete suit, below.
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