Multiple jobs in California and other areas of the country require employers to make split-second decisions. In some cases, the worker is torn between potentially preventing a serious incident or causing damage to company property in an attempt to avoid an incident. A man in another state is now turning to litigation after he claims he was wrongfully terminated after he avoided a potentially serious accident.
The man began working for BNSF Railway Company, the defendant in the lawsuit, in 2002 and remained with BNSF until he was terminated in Aug. 2015. The month before his termination, he claims he was controlling a locomotive as he attempted to move several freight cars between yards. Unfortunately, he explains that when he applied an independent brake, nothing happened.