On July 26, 2002, a Jury in the Case of Jason C. Mannel vs. The Flying J, in The U.S. District Court in the State of Kansas at Topeka (case no. #00-4188-JPO) found that The Flying J DID fire the plaintiff in RETALIATION for filing a Workers Compensation claim in 1998.
     Mr. Mannel claimed that he injured his back (at work) on several occasions between June 24, 1998 and September 10, 1998.  Mr. Mannel alleged that the Management at Flying J began to "treat him different" after his injury, taking such "adverse employment action" such as "short staffing" and not allowing him to follow Doctors' orders.
     Mr. Mannel also alleged that when The Flying J found out that he had hired a Lawyer to represent him, the mistreatment from management "intensified", and he came to believe that The Flying J was looking for any reason to fire him.
     According to Mr. Mannel, The Flying J issued two "written" disciplinary warnings between October 2nd and 13th 1998 in retaliation for having filed a workers compensation claim.
     In compliance with The Flying J's employment policy, Mr. Mannel says he gave at least four hours notice prior to his shift on November 13th and 14th that he would not be there. He also claimed he went as far as finding another employee to "cover for him".

    The Flying J fired Jason on November 16, 1998.

   
In an email from David Alegria, (Mr. Mannel's lawyer), Mr. Alegria said that Flying J had claimed Mr. Mannel had turned in a written "resignation". But they were UNABLE to produce this document. They were unable (read UNWILLING ) to produce any record of the "written disciplinary actions" as well.




NOTE: This page was posted at the DIRECT and EXPLICIT request of Jason Mannel.

A reader offers their OPINION of Flying J treatment of injured employees HERE

I might also add that this person applied for and received one of my "flyingjsux.com" email addresses. (What an honor)