Many employees who have been hurt on the job are concerned that their employers will fire them for making a workers’ compensation claim. Unfortunately, there is no way to know if your employer is going to terminate your employment because you assert your right to file a workers’ comp claim after being hurt on the job.
In Georgia, employees are hired on an employment at-will basis unless there is a contract that says otherwise. That means that your employer can fire you at any time for cause—or for no cause at all—so long as the employer does not fire you for a reason that is protected by federal or state law. Filing a workers’ compensation claim is not a reason that is protected by federal or state law.
Three Things You Need to Know
If you’ve been hurt at work and you are concerned about losing your job, then it is important to know that:
- You may lose your job regardless of whether you file a workers’ compensation claim. However, a workers’ compensation attorney will be able to give you advice which may help you keep your job.
- You may file for workers’ compensation even if you are fired.
- You have the right to contact an attorney to discuss whether or not you should pursue a workers’ compensation claim. You and your lawyer can discuss whether workers’ compensation benefits are worth pursuing given your unique injury and employment situation.
If you are disabled or you can’t work because of your workplace injuries then you need help. You need information that you can trust so that you can make informed decisions about exercising your rights and protecting your future. Please start a live chat with us today to learn more.