Employers may not terminate an employee because the employee filed a workers compensation claim.
Often times a worker is injured in the course and scope of his or her employment. They are directed to file a workers compensation claim but are subsequently terminated. They are now 1) injured and 2) have no job.
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If an employer fires an employee because the employee filed a workers comp injury claim, then that employer is liable for discrimination pursuant to Texas Labor Code 451.001.
The terminated worker is entitled to reasonable damages which include lost wages, the value of the worker’s benefits including bonuses and vacation time, mental anguish and possibly exemplary damages. Also the worker may ask for reinstatement to his or her former position.
The law firm of C. Kyle Pugh, P.C. has successfully fought for injured workers who were illegally terminated. Contact us for a free evaluation of a wrongful termination or retaliation claim.