$725,000 Awarded To Man For Being Wrongfully Fired

More than 700-thousand dollars is awarded to an eastern Kentucky man for being wrongfully fired.

The ruling came down Monday in favor of Michael Kirk.

Kirk says it happened after an incident at a mobile home park in Floyd County in 2005.

Mike Kirk was the general manager at Luv Homes until one night when he shot and killed a man breaking into the business.

Police ruled the shooting self-defense and cleared him of any wrong-doing, but Luv Homes managers still fired him.

Kirk filed a lawsuit for wrongful termination and said their actions prevented him from getting another job.

A jury agreed with him and says Luv Homes parent company Clayton Homes owes him 725-thousand dollars for lost wages and emotional distress.

Kirk is pleased with the ruling, but his attorney says he's just glad to finally clear his name and prove he didn't do anything wrong.

“This is a man who just had his heart and soul ripped out. I mean he had everything he worked for taken away from him and vindication may not be a strong enough word here, he's overjoyed,” Phillip Wheeler said.

We couldn't reach anyone with Clayton Homes for comment.

Kirk says he plans to look for a new job now that the lawsuit is over.

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  • by Robin Location: Lexington on Jul 16, 2009 at 07:32 AM
    The Second Amendment. Read It.
  • by melissa Location: pikeville on Dec 13, 2007 at 06:04 PM
    this is to reply to Anonymous. I never said its okay to break in any place, but I what i said is, its not okay to take the law into your own hands and play god with peoples lives. shooting down an unarmed man, and receiving money for doing so, what is this saying about the world we live in. and to your reference concerning my son, He has adjusted considering his father was murdered for what ever reason. he didnt have to kill him. I have raised my son to respect the law and people. Its not okay to kill someone just because u have money or power! the words you spoke are cold hearted about a family that lost someone, regardless of the wrong doing Tom may have or may not have done, he was a father and son and husband,..think of your child or loved one would you want the same words spoken about your loved one? there is much more to this story than what you think, and someday the whole truth will come out! it always does. what manager of a business sits in the dark with a gun waiting?
  • by Janet Location: Nashville on Dec 13, 2007 at 05:58 PM
    Anonymous need not to be pointing fingers at Stephanie or Melissa. No one said that it was okay to break-in or whatever the accusation is..The fact is that a man's life was taken from him, and his son will grow up without his father. The focus here is on what the justice system feels is important. How can Mike Kirk even accept money and sleep at night, when he with all intent took someones life, and tore a family apart.
  • by stephanie Location: dana on Dec 13, 2007 at 03:12 PM
    no I am not saying it is ok to steal, and I'll have you know that I am 39 years old and have never stole one thing in my life, nor have I ever been in trouble with the law even the first time. I however do not think that stealing a lamp or a cardboard box warrants a death penality. You don't know me or my sister-in-law. Maybe (hopefully) you'll know what it feels like to loose a brother, son, father or husband someday, then come back and talk to me......Anonymous!!! Is there a reason for this name??????
  • by anonymous on Dec 13, 2007 at 09:53 AM
    Stephanie & Melissa you are saying it ok to break in a home as long as no one is there. Maybe his kids will not be raised to be thieves also.Sounds like his family thinks it is ok to be thieves.I guess everyone in the community had better keep their eyes on you all, it runs in the family.
  • by melissa Location: pikeville on Dec 13, 2007 at 08:47 AM
    I cant understand why there are some people out there that think its okay to shoot an umarmed man twice in the chest at close range and receive money for doing so, this isnt the old west. This is why we have laws and justice, or at least thats what i would hope for. My son doesnt have his father around anymore because of Mike Kirk's decision to carry a gun to work and be a hitman for the day. just cause he didnt want to pay 26.00 a month for a security system at his place of employment. this was a business not a home. if this type of justice works then all the employees of walmart or kmart can carry a gun and make sure that no one shop lifts. the family of Tom Dillion will never forget what has happend and we grieve forever about this terrible thing that Mike Kirk has done to all of us. I hope he thinks about what he has done when he tries to sleep at nite. the fact that he took away my sons father. forever, Austin will never get him back. for what? just so, Mike didnt lose a lamp!
  • by Janet Location: Nashville on Dec 12, 2007 at 07:17 PM
    This completely disgusts me! How can the justice system award a man for taking someones life in cold blood? Paying someone for murder is what it sounds like to me? What about the family left behind to mourn the loss of their loved one? He was a father, brother, husband, and friend. Anyone can recieve money from a loss of a job...but to kill someone, and then be rewarded? What is wrong with this picture...????
  • by caroline Location: Dana on Dec 12, 2007 at 02:52 PM
    Mr. kirk, if you think you have cleared your name and proved that you didn't do anything wrong because you've been awarded $725,000 Think again!!! It only proves that you are a cold blooded murderer who wants to get paid. You are no better that a hired hit man. you should be spending the rest of your life in prison.Your family should know what it feels like to never get to see you again. ARE YOU STILL ROPING AND RIDING AND ACTING LIKE A COWBOY? BELEIVE ME YOU HAVE NOT HAD YOUR HEART OR SOUL RIPPED OUT YET, WHEN THAT HAPPENS YOU WILL KNOW, YOU WON'T NEED AN ATTORNEY TO REPORT IT FOR YOU!!!!
  • by stephanie Location: dana on Dec 12, 2007 at 02:20 PM
    in response to hoyt, greg in hazard, and the anonymous comments I guess u don't know the whole story. this man was accused of breaking into a mobile home that was on a trailor lot for sale, an empty home, noone lived there, the trailor did not belong to Mr. Kirk. Tom left his house walked about 600 yards and was shot 2 times in the chest, was dead and the police called within 5 min. Seems suspicious to me that a man could go into the exact trailor that mr. kirk was in when there were about thirty trailors on the lot my oppinion is that the jerk saw him outside pulled a gun on him and took him inside to kill him. no one can tell me any different and someday the truth will come out!!! God help you Mike Kirk because He will be the only one who can.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 12, 2007 at 12:44 PM
    A big thumbs up for justice served, if he had trouble with the law before than it must be a reoccuring problem but NOT ANY MORE. BANG
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