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Can I get fired for filing a Workers’ Compensation claim?

Most people get up, go to work and want to do well at their jobs. You work hard and you want to succeed, right? No one wants to get injured and file a workers’ compensation claim.

And more importantly, no one wants to get fired if they are injured on the job and need to file a workers’ compensation claim. The fact is, people do get hurt on the job and that’s is why workers’ compensation exists – to make sure you get help if you have been injured and can’t work.

The benefits can help support you and your family and you may be entitled to receive: Medical care, temporary benefits or permanent disability benefits.

All this is great, but you might be worried about losing your job. Can you get fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim?

The rules are complicated but in a word, no. You cannot. However, Ohio is what’s known as an at-will employment state. What this means, in a nutshell, is that your employer can fire you at any time for any reason. There are some employees in Ohio who are not considered at-will (state employees, those who are members or unions with collective bargaining agreements) but most are.

Employees are also protected under federal laws against wrongful termination (race, gender and disability among other reasons).

So legally, you cannot be fired for filing a worker’s compensation claim, as it would be considered wrongful termination.

If you have been injured on the job or have become ill, the last thing you need to worry about is losing your job. That’s why the legal experts at the Schottenstein Law Offices are here to help. We know workers’ compensation claims inside and out and can best advise you on your rights and benefits.

Schottenstein Law Offices

The legal experts at the Schottenstein Law Offices want to protect YOUR rights if you have become sick or been injured on the job. If you are considering a workers’ compensation claim, call us today at (614) 467-8474!