It happens all the time. You give your best years to your employer and then you hurt your back lifting on the job. You report your workers’ comp injury. Then you start receiving medical care and temporary disability. The next thing you know your employer fires you for some vague reason like “violation of company policy” or “customer complaint”.
PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS TO COMPENSATION
If there is evidence that the true reason for your termination was because you were on medical leave, or that you requested modified duty due to your work injury, or simply due to your advanced age, then you must preserve your legal rights. At the same time that you file your workers’ comp claim you can also bring a complaint for wrongful termination or disability discrimination.
The advantage to filing both claims at the same time is that you may be able to collect compensation based on two completely different legal theories. And if you lose one claim you could still recover on your other claim. Additionally, employers facing multiple claims where there is evidence of their wrongdoing, are likely to make an early cash settlement offer rather than risk a greater loss at trial.