trucking firm has been ordered to pay an employee $2.176 million
in a wrongful termination lawsuit. Paula J. Breedlove sued Transwood
of Omaha, NE, on behalf of her late husband, Billy Breedlove,
a trucker who worked out of the company's Pryor, OK, terminal.
works for the firm as an office assistant and part-time driver.
She alleged the company fired her husband because he filed for
workers' compensation in 1997.
the company then "engaged in other activities designed to
destroy (his) professional reputation and make it impossible for
him to work as a truckdriver."
an attorney representing Paula Breedlove, said Billy Breedlove
wasn't perfect and "was known to have a few beers when he
wasn't on the road," but he "never had an alcohol-related
accident or failed a DOT alcohol screening."
is a vicious and dangerous tool, and Transwood used that information
as a means of character assassination of the deceased," Holden
worked at odd jobs earning $3,000 to $4,000 before dying of cancer.
was a very good driver, but they set out to make an example of
him," Paula Breedlove said in a news release. "They
made it impossible for him to work at his trade."