Accent Signage sued for way it handled firing of mass shooter Andrew Engeldinger

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The family of Beneke (right) is suing the estate of Engeldinger (left) and Accent Signage itself.
The family of Jake Beneke filed a lawsuit against the estate of mass shooter Andrew Engeldinger and the company they both worked for, Accent Signage, for allegedly handling Engeldiner's termination in a negligent manner.

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Citing Engeldinger's history of struggling with mental illness, the lawsuit makes a case that "A reasonable employer in Accent's position would have, among other things, provided adequate security on its premises, locked its doors, monitored Engeldinger, and would have attempted to terminate Engeldinger in a safe manner."

More from the Star Tribune:
The lawsuit alleges Beneke, who referred to Engeldigner as his "nemesis," knew he was going to be fired that day [September 27] and was asked to keep the information a secret. On the day of the shootings, the lawsuit said Beneke drove a different vehicle to work than he normally did, and told his wife that "It's good I'll have the truck, because if he goes crazy, he won't recognize that I have a different car."

The lawsuit alleges Engeldinger drank alcohol on the job, and that he was frequently warned about being late for work, and his poor treatment of colleagues. According to the lawsuit, the company should have known he owned several firearms and routinely practiced at a firing range.

Contrary to the lawsuit's claims, Engeldinger's court and employment records show no history of physical threats or violence prior to the shootings -- only repeated warnings for being late to work and being verbally abrasive with colleagues.
Beneke, 34, was one of six killed during the mass shooting, including Engeldinger himself. He is survived by a wife and young son. The lawsuit seeks upward of $50,000 in damages.

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swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

This is why businesses have to carry lots of liability insurance, even if they don't do anything particularly dangerous.  And it's why businesses have off-site meetings to fire people, ban them from the building and change the locks / de-activate their key-fobs, have Security guards keep them off the premises, and fed-ex the contents of their cubicles to the address on their paychecks.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Sad, I've got much compassion for the involved family, but this just reeks of a trial lawyer looking to make a buck on a settlement. CP, pretend to be a news org, give us the name of the lawyer, and their litigation history. 

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

Like I said before, go ahead sue his parents, but really!! Its sad situation, I send my son out to do a dangerous job every day, I'd never sue his employer, why because he made the choice to do his job, and the lawyer that took this is just as bad,,, Greedy people.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

I feel bad for them, but this seems like a stretch. If Accent followed all its internal HR handling procedures then I'm not sure there will be much of a case. Owning firearms, firing them at shooting ranges, and being verbally abrasive are characteristics of a lot of people who get fired, and they don't show up and kill people.

wowski
wowski

What?  A sign-making company being compared to you son's "dangerous" job?  Please!   If my husband was killed by a fellow employee and there was a SLIGHT amount of negligence on the company's part, then DUH:  you sue them for your loss.   It's what makes America America.  Call it a sue-happy country if you want, but at least its a damn option.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@Bob Alberti ?? Where I work the weapon owners are the reasonable, personable people.. It's the introvert developer types that have people worried and then tend to collect more "collectables" and toys than weapons. Or I may have just misread your post and you have my apologies.

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