Can You Be Fired While on Workers’ Comp in California?

You could be fired while you’re on workers’ comp in California, but it may not be a valid firing.

If you’re worried about getting hurt while on the job, you also may be concerned about what could happen while you’re recovering. Is your employer obligated to keep you employed? Or could they fire you? What if they fire you for filing for workers’ comp? By finding out the answers to your questions, you can decide whether or not to hire an attorney should you get hurt at work.

Can Your Employer Fire You?

California has at-will employment, which means that your employer can do what they want, including firing you whenever they want, as long as the reason is valid.

For instance, if you were slacking off at work and then got injured, this could be a reason to fire you if you have a history of slacking off. Or, you may have missed too many days for no reason or always showed up late. Perhaps you were inappropriate at the office or just weren’t meeting your boss’ standards.

What Makes a Firing Illegal?

Your boss has no right to fire you simply for filing for workers’ comp. They cannot do it out of retaliation. If you are out of work because you got injured, they’re going to need more of a reason than that to fire you. If you believe this has happened to you, then you should get in touch with a workers’ comp attorney to potentially take legal action against your employer.

Contactang Timmons, Tichy & Associates, Inc.

If you were filed while on workers’ comp or sustained a workplace injury, then contact the workers’ compensation attorneys Tichy Law Inc. at (916) 444-0321 for a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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