Cincinnati Bengals Want Workers Comp Order Upheld

May 15, 2012

The Cincinnati Bengals are asking a federal judge to enforce an order that requires dozens of former players to move their workers comp claims from California to Ohio.

At issue is a lawsuit that says players’ contracts require workers compensation to be pursued only in Ohio. The Bengals also say Ohio law allows employers and employees to resolve workers comp claims exclusively in Ohio.

Unlike most states, California allows insurance payments to workers who can show they suffered trauma that compounded over a period of time.

The Bengals’ complaint filed Friday asks U.S. District Court Judge Susan Dlott to enforce a May 4 mediator’s opinion siding with the Bengals in their dispute with 36 players named in the complaint.

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