HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania state liquor store manager has won back workers’ compensation benefits after an appeals court rejected the state’s claim that getting tied up and robbed at gunpoint was part of the job.
Gregory Kochanowicz had been waiting six years for the state’s Liquor Control Board to pay the $727 per week plus medical benefits a compensation judge said he was owed.
The Commonwealth Court ruled on the case late last month.
The 60-year-old Kochanowicz said the April 2008 robbery in Bucks County – the first of his 30-year career – caused nightmares, anxiety and stress that led to a post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis.
The LCB argued the robbery was a normal working condition since liquor stores are frequently robbed.
It can appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court.
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