I Got Hurt on the Job and Then My Employer Fired Me!

I hurt my back at work.  I told my boss about it and he told me to go to the doctor.  The doctor said I needed to take off work for at least one week.  When I told my boss that he got angry and fired me.  What are my rights?

First, you still have a right to worker’s compensation benefits (assuming your employer has five or more employees and thus is covered by the worker’s compensation program.)

Second, you may have a claim for retaliatory discharge.  An employer cannot fire you for seeking or obtaining the benefits you are entitled to receive under the worker’s compensation law.

You should talk to a lawyer about this issue.  Most lawyers will have an initial consultation with you at no charge.

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