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Man says coworkers, boss, harassed him with a taser

A man has filed a lawsuit against his former employer after what he says was more than four years of harassment on the job. Specifically, he says he was tasered by coworkers repeatedly and that the incidents were filmed by his boss. The harassment lasted for several years while the man worked at the car dealership. He says he was unable to leave his job because he needed the income. He told reporters that he was unable to sleep, always looking over his shoulder, and suffered from increased anxiety that he would let his guard down and be shocked by a taser.

As an alternative to seeking damages through a personal injury lawsuit, this employee could also be eligible for workers compensation payments if the mental distress or physical injuries from being shocked by a taser kept him away from work or gave rise to medical expenses. Workers compensation is typically the sole remedy available to employees who are injured at work, unless several notable exceptions such as gross negligence or serious injury apply.

Oddly, even though there is publicly available video footage of the tasering incidents, the man's boss says he did nothing wrong. Workers compensation is available without regard to fault or negligence, so even if the man's boss does not admit to wrongful behavior the man could still be compensated. 

When an injury is mostly psychological but has physical manifestations, employees may still have medical expenses arising from treatment by a psychologist and any medications that are needed to help cope with the symptoms. 


Source: KHOU 11 News, "Victim: Co-workers at Houston car dealership tortured him with stun gun," Rekha Muddaraj, Aug. 6, 2013. 

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