Can an injured worker be fired?
Employees who are injured on the job have certain workers’ compensation rights. These often include compensation for lost wages and repayment for medical expenses related to the job injury.
However, injured workers do not necessarily have absolute job protection. While it may be difficult for a company to fire an injured worker, there are certain circumstances in which an employer can legally fire an employee.
For instance, when an employee is so injured that the employee will likely be unable to assume the former job responsibilities in the future, then the employer can fire the employee because that employee cannot perform the necessary job requirements. However, the firing is subject to many provisions, which may include compensation for lost wages. These provisions often depend on various state laws.
If you have been fired for an unjust cause, contact the Des Moines worker’s compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.