Law and Labor Volume 1

Law and Labor Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company at $105.50 a month. An accident befell him while switching a car. He was taken care of in the Company's hospital over a period of months and the Company through its attorney offered him compensation for his injuries, which he accepted and gave a release for. Upon his discharge from the hospital the doctor gave him a letter directed to the yardmaster stating that he was able to resume work. He was, however, unable to get work with that Company and their agents told him that the doctors had declared him incapacitated. He thereupon asked for a service letter, in accordance with the statute requiring the employer to furnish one, and after some trouble received one showing that he had been in the employ of the Company for nine years and stating, "Dismissed: Account of responsibility in case of personal injury to himself, June 30, 1913. Services otherwise satisfactory." The plaintiff applied for work from five railroads, exhibiting this letter each time, and nowhere could he get employment. This action was brought against the Company to recover damages suffered as a result of the false service letter. Upon the trial plaintiff secured a judgment for $3,000. The trial produced no evidence to show that plaintiff was responsible for the accident but did show that the doctors regarded him as incapacitated by reason of organic troubles not related to the accident. There was no evidence to show that plaintiff was physically fit for the work of switchman, and it was shown that he was 51 years of age and that it was the custom of the companies not to begin the employment of a switchman over the age of 45. Nevertheless it was held an actionable wrong for misstating the real reason...
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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236881516
  • 9781236881519