Workplace injury is not a valid reason to fire your employee.
Are you an employee who’s been injured on the job? Then it’s important that both you and your employer understand the proper way to handle this workplace injury.
An employer might use a workers’ compensation claim as an excuse to inflict punishment on an employee. If the employer retaliates or fires you because of a workplace injury and/or workers’ compensation claim, then you may be entitled to take legal action.
Here’s what your employer can’t do if you’re injured on the job:
1. Retaliate against you
If you have a workers’ compensation claim, your employer cannot retaliate against you because of your claim. This includes things like giving you fewer hours, worse hours, transferring you to a far-away location, or make you pay for your medical care.
2. Fire you
Terminating your employment is a form of retaliation. Some employers may say they are firing you because of your injury, but many more may give another reason that is pretextual. It’s important to talk with a qualified employment law attorney and find out if your employer’s actions constitute retaliation.
Have you been retaliated against for filing a workers’ compensation‘ claim for a workplace injury? Has your employer taken steps to interfere with your filing of a claim? Have you been threatened with termination because you suffered a workplace injury?
Then let an employment law expert handle your case. Wenzel Fenton Cabassa, P.A., are steadfast advocates for workplace justice. Contact us for a consultation today.