In local news:

A Louisiana appellate court recently ruled that an altercation between employees resulting in injury did not qualify for workers’ comp. Steven Frederick Washington filed a workers’ compensation claim with the OWC alleging that, while driving a shuttle for Gallo Mechanical Contractors, L.L.C., for a work-related project, he was assaulted by another employee, Lamar Rogers, which resulted in injuries to Washington’s head, neck, back, and shoulders. An investigation revealed that Washington was the initial aggressor, as he called the other person involved a “homosexual,” and then stated “do you know what I could do to you that I learned in the pen?” The court found on appeal that the circumstances of the incident made it an “intentional act” and thus excluded from eligibility for comp benefits.

Read the full case here.

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