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Worker Fired After False Shooting Alarm Loses Retaliation Suit

Oct. 13, 2021, 2:00 PM

Rich Products Corp. defeated a retaliatory discharge suit from a worker who made multiple unsubstantiated accusations against his coworkers, including that one was planning a workplace shooting, because the plaintiff failed to show that the company’s stated reasons for firing him were pretextual, the Sixth Circuit said.

Bill Sourinho cleaned production equipment in Rich Products’ Murfreesboro, Tenn., facility. Over three years he made several accusations against his coworkers, including that one attempted to punch him and that another threatened him with a knife. Rich Products investigated the incidents, but determined there was either no corroborating evidence or that Sourinho’s version ...

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