Workers Compensation Retaliation
Madia Law Protects Victims of Workers Compensation Retaliation or Interference
Minnesota and Wisconsin law guarantees that injured employees have the right to seek workers compensation benefits without interference or retaliation from their employers. If an employer tries to persuade or convince you not to apply for benefits – or worse, terminates you after you apply for workers compensation – that employer has broken the law.
Oftentimes, employers will claim that an employee was terminated for a reason other than his or her application for workers compensation benefits when, in fact, the real reason was workers compensation. Madia Law has lots of experience dealing with this scenario. Once the employer has stated its supposed reason for termination, we take that reason and compare it to other employees in the same place as our client. Most of the time, other employees who still have their job are guilty of the same thing that the employer says motivated it to terminate our client. Once we’ve established that fact, employers usually want to settle the case rather than explain the real reason for discipline or termination of my client.
“Jerry” worked as a service technician for a large Minnesota employer. After nearly four years on the job, he suffered a shoulder injury. He asked his boss for an accident report form so he could report the injury and receive workers compensation benefits to pay for his medical treatment. Jerry’s supervisor told him that his shoulder injury had nothing to do with his current job and he should contact his previous employer to see if they would pay workers compensation benefits. Two weeks later, Jerry’s employer terminated his employment and told him that “there isn’t a workers compensation claim.”
Jerry’s employer’s retaliation for his seeking workers compensation benefits was obvious and all too common. Madia Law represented Jerry and filed suit. His employer quickly settled for an amount equal to approximately 18 months worth of salary.
You May Be Entitled to Lost Wages and Attorney Fees
If you have been the victim of workers compensation interference or retaliation, you may be entitled to back pay and front pay damages, emotional distress damages, and your attorney fees and costs.
Contact Our Minnesota and Wisconsin Workers Compensation Retaliation Lawyers Today
You must act quickly when it comes to filing a claim for workers compensation interference or retaliation. If you wait, there may be strict statutes of limitation that will bar you from filing a claim against your employer. Call Madia Law today to discuss your case. All consultations are free.