Court Overrules Comp Rules in Job Murder Suit

Workers compensation exclusive remedy rules do not prevent a woman from suing her late son’s employers after he was murdered at work by a coworker, a Georgia appellate court has ruled.

Nickifor Zephyrine was hired by staffing firm Staffchex Inc. to work at a warehouse owned and operated by OA Logistics Services Inc. in Pooler, Georgia, according to court filings. Staffchex also hired Christopher Lema to work at the OA warehouse, but he applied under the alias Christopher Young-Evans and a criminal background check on that name failed to show Mr. Lema’s felony criminal record.

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