Spencer Robinson worked for Armadillo Automation, Inc., also known as Onyx Valve Co., in its assembly department. When Onyx hired Mr. Robinson, he was 60 years old. According to Mr. Robinson, when he was hired he made it clear he had a lower back condition and needed a stool so he could sit during the workday. Onyx provided him a stool.
Approximately six years later, Mr. Robinson experienced neck pain while he was working. He claims he reported his injury to the company’s vice president, who refused to send him the doctor and indicated he did not believe it was a workplace injury. Mr. Robinson further alleges the vice president told him he would not take him to the hospital unless he was “passed out on the floor or profusely bleeding.”