LEGAL ACTION

A Hennepin County jury found that G&K Services Inc., Minnetonka, retaliated against truck driver James Dubiel for making a workers' compensation claim. Dubiel was injured on the job when a car lost control and sideswiped his delivery truck. Dubiel filed a report of injury and G&K then fired him, claiming that he had not provided truthful information in a preemployment physical. The jury found that Dubiel's filing of a workers' compensation claim was a motivating factor in G&K's decision to terminate him and awarded Dubiel $111,000 for lost wages and emotional distress, as well as $250,000 in punitive damages.