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AP photo by Mark Zaleski / The Tennessee Titans take the field before their home game against the Baltimore Ravens in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs on Jan. 10.

NASHVILLE — A former Tennessee Titans employee is suing the NFL franchise for firing him after he was told to quarantine for a positive COVID-19 test in violation of federal law.

Paul Miller says in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Tennessee that he tested positive for COVID-19 on or around Nov. 11, 2020, and was told to quarantine. But Miller alleges he was called on or around Nov. 20 and was told he was being fired.

"We are reviewing the complaint, but can't comment further on pending litigation at this time," the Titans said in a statement released Friday afternoon.

Miller had been hired in October 2019 as a sports field assistant to help prepare practice and game fields during the regular season, and he also helped with special teams and running backs during practices and helped with equipment during practices and games.

The lawsuit alleges the Titans violated both the Family Medical Leave Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which requires qualifying employees get paid sick leave for two weeks, by firing an employee on sick leave. Miller's lawsuit says he was a qualified employee because he was told to quarantine.

Miller wants his job back along with his seniority level and back pay along with damages and attorneys' fees. He also wants to stop the Titans from discriminating against any employee on the basis of disability.

Last fall the Titans became the NFL's first team to have a coronavirus outbreak during the regular season, leading to them temporarily closing their team facility and altering their schedule, as well as that of other NFL teams.

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