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Montes de Oca on the ground that the legislature had already provided a remedy for the
plaintiff's grievance within the workers' compensation chapter, not because the statute
was limited to discharge. By relying on Montes de Oca and the retaliatory discharge
cases, the lower court erroneously entered summary judgment against the [**17]
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pleaded damage claim. These issues are not before us.
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SHARP, W., J., concurs.
COBB, J., dissents, with opinion.
Case No. 99-494
COBB, J., dissenting.
The issue in this case is whether section 440.205, Florida Statutes, creates a statutory
cause of action, separate and apart from the context of a workers' compensation claim, for
an individual against his employer when that individual's employment is ongoing. That
No employer shall discharge, threaten to discharge, intimidate, or coerce any employee
by reason of such employee's valid claim for compensation or attempt to claim
compensation under the Workers' Compensation Law. 134 The trial court, in a thoughtful final order of dismissal, explained its reasoning:
1. The Plaintiff filed suit against the Defendant alleging a violation of § 440.205 [**18]
Florida Statutes (1997). The Defendant filed a Motion to Dismiss asserting that the
lawsuit failed to state a cause of action as the Plaintiff remained
employed with the Defendant.
2. A hearing on the Motion to Dismiss was held in chambers on January 8, 1999. Counsel
for each party was present at the hearing and provided the court with copies of case law
relied upon in support of their respective arguments.
3. The primary argument of the Defendant is that F.S. § 440.205 provides a cause of
action from wrongful...
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