The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus, has been hit with a multi-million dollar lawsuit by a former staff member, Alton McLeod.

Mr. McLeod is alleging that the environment at the UWI in which he worked contained asbestos which resulted in him contracting Mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. It’s caused by asbestos. McLeod is 53 years old. He was a store attendant at the UWI between March 2010 and August 2016.

He’s seeking compensation from the UWI for what he alleges is the institution’s negligence and breaches of the Occupier’s Liability Act.

McLeod says he worked as a store attendant in the UWI Pathology department.

According to the former employee, the UWI failed to ensure that his place of work was safe. He says the UWI’s negligence resulted in him being exposed to Asbestos. He says the exposure cause him to contract cancer.

Mr. McLeod is seeking general and aggravated damages.