Employees in California and throughout the country have an expectation of certain protections. When there is an injury on the job, employees anticipate that they will receive workers' compensation benefits. In addition, they assume that their jobs will be safe when they request these benefits. However, an employee for a company in another state has recently sued his employer, claiming that he was terminated after filing for workers' compensation benefits.
According to the lawsuit, the man hurt his arm while he was on the job on June 23, 2015. The man was told by his doctor that he had suffered nerve damage. At that time, he filed for workers' compensation benefits, but claims his health coverage was denied. He contends that he was fired from his job.
The man claims that in addition to the loss of his job and salary, he suffered humiliation and emotional distress. He also alleges that the company would not approve an operation that was necessary for the injury. Per the lawsuit, the company did not properly allow the man to file for his workers' compensation benefits and did not compensate him for the injuries he suffered while on the job. He has requested a jury trial and seeks judgment for damages, court costs, attorney fees and any other potential relief.
Employees should have the reassurance that they will be properly compensated if they are injured on the job. Those that have had difficulty receiving their workers' compensation benefits or have been unfairly terminated may choose to contact a California lawyer. An attorney experienced with employment law will help clients understand the legal process and work to obtain the compensation to which they are entitled.
Source: madisonrecord.com, "Former employee accuses Schenker of violating Workers' Compensation laws", Noddy A. Fernandez, May 26, 2017