The captain of the ill-fated cruise ship that ran aground on the Tuscany coast in January, killing 32 people, faces charges of manslaughter and abandoning the ship during a preliminary hearing next week.
Still, Francesco Schettino, former captain of the Costa Concordia, has sued, claiming wrongful termination from his job after the accident, according to his lawyer.
"It is the right of every worker to appeal against his dismissal and Capt. Schettino has done no more than exercise that right," his lawyer Bruno Leporatti told Reuters News.
Investigators said Schettino brought the cruise ship, carrying more than 4,000 passengers and crew members, too close to shore, delayed evacuation after the ship ran aground, and abandoned the ship while passengers were still trying to escape the sinking boat.