Ex-Titans employee suing team for firing him during COVID-19 leave

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A former Titans employee is suing the team, Ben Arthur of The Tennessean reports. Paul Miller, a former sports field assistant for the Titans, alleges violations of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

The FFCRA requires employers to provide qualifying employees with paid sick leave for two weeks for reasons related to COVID-19.

Miller claims the team fired him during a paid leave after he contracted the coronavirus, per Arthur.

The Titans hired Miller on Oct. 16, 2019, and his responsibilities included preparing the team’s practice and game field during the regular season, working with special teams and the running backs during team practices and helping resolve equipment issues during games.

The suit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for Middle Tennessee in Nashville, shows Miller tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 11, 2020. The team placed him on paid sick leave for two weeks, but nine days later, the Titans informed Miller they were terminating him, according to the documents obtained by the newspaper.

A Titans spokesperson told Arthur the team is reviewing the complaint.

11 responses to “Ex-Titans employee suing team for firing him during COVID-19 leave

  1. Is there a case to sue If you fire someone 9 days into their 2 week COVID sick leave, but still pay them for the two weeks?

  2. “We’re reviewing the complaint” is corporate code for “We thought we got away with that.”

  3. We all want everybody to be vaccinated. But we also need to remember 1) it’s a choice (your body your choice) and 2) the vaccine isn’t effective for everyone. Some people have predisposed conditions where the vaccine just doesn’t help them the way it may help you. So they decide to skip it. Nobody should lose their job because they contacted covid. The Titans may need to be made an example of.

  4. If Tennessee is an “at will” state (meaning they can fire you without a reason) as long as they pay you everything they owe you (PTO, severance, unemployment. etc) he doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

    No matter what a jury says.

  5. Christopher Allan says:
    May 14, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Is there a case to sue If you fire someone 9 days into their 2 week COVID sick leave, but still pay them for the two weeks
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    I don’t know if there’s anything federal (if Covid falls under the FMLA then the Broncos might have made a hug blunder) however some states have passed legislation where it’s illegal to fire somebody for being sick and/or having Covid.

  6. I always believe there is another side of the story. The simplest one would be that he was not following team mandated protocols regarding covid procedures. Hard to believe a team would face the public relations backlash of firing an employee because he got sick.

  7. How much damages exactly for being employed by them for 2.5 weeks? In any event, it’s always possible (perhaps probable) that he was let go because he was not a good fit and it wasn’t working out? At will employment for those not in a union…no case here.

  8. Race, creed color, sex, sexual orientation or familial statues are the only protected classes. Getting covid isn’t on the list.

  9. This is the same as firing people due to military service…it happens all the time…they just come up with another excuse to fire them…”poor performance” is their favorite.

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