Ex-CSX Workers Sues for Reinstatment

A former CSX employees from Fostoria has filed a lawsuit against CSX, his union and an arbitration panel that upheld his firing.

Kirk E. Knopp filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division.

CSX fired him in 2019 for violation of its social media policies. The lawsuit contends that Knopp did not violate the policy because he did not in the social media post in question mention CSX.

The post was made in May 2019 and pertained to a 21-year-old man who was killed after being struck by a train in Fostoria.

The lawsuit said the post contained a derogatory comment posted under Knopp’s name.

The National Railway Adjustment Board Special Board of Adjustment heard the case involving Knopp’s termination.

The lawsuit alleges that Knopp was told he would not have to attend the arbitration hearing and therefore he was denied an opportunity to participate and provide testimony.

Knopp also argues in his suit that the arbitration panel did not consider the harshness of his being terminated due to one violation of the CSX policy. Furthermore, Knopp argues his social media activity is protected by the First Amendment.

He is seeking reinstatement with back pay and benefits. Also named as a defendant in the lawsuit is the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.

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