Can I Be Fired for Filing a Workers' Comp Claim?

If you have been injured on the job, you are dealing with enough. You should be focusing on your recovery, not fearing retaliation from your employer. California law recognizes this necessity and has included protections for workers who have filed workers’ compensation claims in its Labor Code. The law states:

“Any employer who discharges, or threatens to discharge, or in any manner discriminates against any employee because he or she has filed or made known his or her intention to file a claim for compensation with his or her employer or an application for adjudication, or because the employee has received a rating, award, or settlement, is guilty of a misdemeanor and the employee's compensation shall be increased by one-half, but in no event more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), together with costs and expenses not in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250).  Any such employee shall also be entitled to reinstatement and reimbursement for lost wages and work benefits caused by the acts of the employer.”

- Labor Code, Section 132(a)

Get a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Who Understands Your Rights

If you have been fired after filing a workers’ compensation claim or have been retaliated against in some form, you need an advocate to protect your best interests. A skilled attorney will be able to get your job back and secure lost wages and benefits. At the Law Offices of Wax & Wax, you receive expert counsel from board-certified workers’ compensation specialists. For over 25 years, Attorneys Harold and Alan Wax have partnered together to fight for the injured workers of Glendale and Santa Clarita.

To learn more about how the Law Offices of Wax & Wax can assist you, call 818-946-0608 today or fill out our online form to request a free initial case evaluation.