Former BNSF employee sues to regain job, benefits

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Danny L. Grimes of Smithville claims BNSF Railway Co. wrongfully fired him after an accident took him off the job.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court of Northern Mississippi. BNSF has not had an opportunity to respond to his allegations.
Grimes claims that he suffered serious injuries April 18, 2010, when a “rough coupling” by locomotives caused him to fall. He says he notified or attempted to notify the railroad about his injuries.
However, he says that when he tried to go back to work Aug. 30, 2010, he was suspended without pay pending a hearing.
Two weeks later he was fired and his health plan expired several months before it should have, he claims.
He asks for back wages with interest, his job back, no blacklisting, removal of negative comments from his employment records and other lawsuit costs.
He also asks for a jury trial and punitive damages not to exceed $250,000.
The case was assigned to Judge Sharion Aycock.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com