Can I be Fired After a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
The short answer: no, but your employer can fire you citing other reasons.
Most states, including California, have laws barring employers from retaliation against their employees when they file a workers compensation claim. Retaliation does not just include firing, but also demotions, pay cuts, threats to termination, or any other disciplinary discrimination. If an employer unjustly fires an employee because of a workers’ compensation claim, the employee has grounds for a wrongful termination lawsuit.