Amalgamated Transit Local 1234 v. Roberts

434 S.E.2d 450 (1993)

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Amalgamated Transit Local 1234 v. Roberts

Georgia Supreme Court
434 S.E.2d 450 (1993)

  • Written by Jody Stuart, JD

Facts

Ernest S. Roberts Jr. (plaintiff) was injured when the bus he was driving as an employee of Chatham Area Transit Authority (Chatham) (defendant) was struck by a car. After the injury, Roberts was unable to work and was discharged from his employment by Chatham. Roberts requested that Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1234 (the union) (defendant) pursue a grievance for reinstatement with Chatham. The union refused the request. Subsequently, Roberts brought an action in trial court against Chatham and the union, alleging breach of Roberts’s employment contract and seeking recovery of the wages he would have earned if his employment had not been terminated. The jury returned a verdict against Roberts and in favor of Chatham and the union. Roberts appealed, alleging that collateral-source evidence was barred by the collateral-source rule. The appellate court reversed, holding that there was no distinction between tort and contract cases with regard to the admissibility of collateral-source evidence. A writ of certiorari was granted.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Carley, J.)

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